Epic Flower Fields & U-Pick In Metro Detroit

flower fields and u-pick in metro detroit

When I was in kindergarten, I painted pictures of flowers EVERY DAY. This is not an exaggeration.

 

Yes, I was that little weirdo. I would sit on the edge of the carpet closest to the painting easles so that I could be the first to snag a spot.

 

I remember being annoyed when my teacher would make me go and do other things like stamp 10 dots on the paper and then count them. UGH. DIDN’T SHE KNOW I WAS THERE TO PAINT FLOWERS!?!?!? I already knew how to count…duh.

 

Anyway…I guess I am a little flower obsessed. I think I get it from my grandma. Could also be from my mom reading The Secret Garden to me when I was little.

[There’s a secret garden in this post ;)]

 

I decided to break this post down by season because there are just so many different (and equally beautiful) flower fields to enjoy! (There is a special surprise for you at the end of this post!)

 

Most of these are close to home/easy day trips from the Metro Detroit area, but I included a few road trip options around the state too!

 

Start planning now πŸ˜‰

 

Early Spring/Spring: Road Trip for the Tulip Fields!

Veldheer Tulip Garden (Holland)

6 million tulips in bloom!

Tulip Time (a festival in Holland) is May 1 – May 9 (2021)

Please see their website for the complete info on how to visit and the covid requirements/precautions.

 

Mid-Summer: Lavender Season

Indigo Lavender Farms (Imlay City)

23 acres with 14,000+ lavender plants

Guaranteed Blooms are between July 5 – July 27 each year

Up Coming Events: Lavender Daze 7/9-7/11 (2021)

You can schedule a photoshoot (photographer not provided): $60/1 hour, $120/2 hours

810.417.0909

Lavender products, honey, u-pick πŸ™‚

They also have an Etsy shop!

 

Lavender Hill Farm (Boyne City)

Seriously…how dreamy!?!?!

If you’re traveling to Northern Michigan this summer, make this a stop on your trip!

 

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Blake’s Lavender Festival (Armada)

Annual Lavender Market: July 9-11th, 2021

Tickets are on sale now!

From their Instagram: Immerse yourself in our tranquil orchards and stroll our open-air marketplace featuring 100+ Michigan artisans, lavender infused food & drinks (including hard cider and beer), free classes, speakers and demonstrations on topics such as wellness, farming, etc. Children’s activity tent, U-pick lavender, fruits, vegetables, DIY workshops and more!

 

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Lavender Lane (Milan)

4th Annual Lavender Harvest Festival

July 10, 2021:  8am – 4pm

$8 Morning /$5 Afternoon
Gate Admission | Cash Only
12 and under FREE
You can also shop lavender products on their website!

 

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Cherry Point Lavender Labyrinth (Shelby, MI)

1.5 miles south of Silver Lake
on Scenic Drive (B15)

Also a farm & market! This one is on the west side of the state, but it is SO COOL. The lost a lot of the lavender due to the polar vortex of 2019, but they are replanting. Keep an eye on this one!

Peak lavender blooms are mid-late July.

 

 

Late Summer/Early Fall: SUNFLOWER SEASON! (& Dahlias too)

Vanhoutte Farms (Armada)

32 Mile & Romeo Plank

Wide variety of flowers available for u-pick including sunflowers!

 

Westview Orchard (Romeo)

30 Mile & Van Dkye

Sunflower Fields & U-Pick

They also have a winery! If you missed my post about Metro Detroit Wine Bars, you can check that out here πŸ™‚

 

Blake’s (Armada)

Sunflower fields (usually two different varieties) & u-pick!

Keep an eye on their website and social media for all of the details on the sunflowers.

 

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Spicer Orchard (Fenton)

Sunflower fields & they have a winery too! πŸ˜‰

 

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Summer Dreams Farm (Oxford)

No u-pick until the very end of the season.

You can go to yoga and other events!

Fresh cut flowers available at the Downtown Rochester Farmer’s Market on Saturdays.

Dahlia’s are a late summer/early fall kinda flower, so keep an eye on the Summer Dreams Farm social media pages. (We did yoga here in early September, and it was magical. We also each got a vase of beautiful dahlias to take home.)

 

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Other Gardens & Honorable Mentions

Grand Hotel Secret Garden (Mackinac Island)

Did you know that the Grand Hotel has a secret garden!?!?

(My flower obsession might also stem from my mom reading that book to me when I was little by the way.)

Thanks to my friend Jessica @wellplannedadventures for the tip on this one!

 

Matthaei Gardens & Nichols Arb (Ann Arbor)

Ok, it’s actually called the Matthaei Gardens & Nichols Arboretum. I am a U of M Alum, so I just call it The Arb πŸ˜‰

The Peony Garden is a big attraction. It was cancelled last year, but hopefully it’ll be open again this year.

Look for info/try to visit if you can late May through mid-June.

 

Dow Gardens (Midland)

Home to the Nation’s Longest Canopy Walk!

You can visit by appointment only right now. Hopefully that changes as the weather gets warmer and more things open up!

 

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Fred Meijer Gardens (Grand Rapids)

Indoor & Outdoor Gardens on the 158 acre main campus!

 

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Deneweth’s Garden Center (Macomb)

Last, but not least…

Not a garden or a flower field, but this is my happy place. I worked here for years through high school and college. The greenhouses are huge, and I just love strolling through them on a warm summer day soaking in all of the beautiful flowers. If you need a pick-me-up and don’t have the time to travel far, pop in here for a little walk πŸ™‚

 

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