10 Stunning Flower Farms You Can Visit This Summer Across Canada

In recent years, there has been a growing interest in locally grown flowers, and a growing number of sustainability-minded “farmer-florists” have opened small cut flower farms offering unique blooms and worthy bouquets. from being passed out in urban markets, at farm stands, and through subscriptions to Community Supported Agriculture (CSA).

And while most working flower farms aren’t open to the public, some in Canada offer cut flower sales, pick-your-own fields and other opportunities to view the flowers in scenic country settings. A few farms also offer special events such as intimate flower-arranging workshops and interactive guided tours.

When planning a visit, just be sure to call ahead to avoid disappointment, as some flowers may have very short growing seasons. Respect the rules of visiting the farm and don’t leave without supporting the farm by bringing home an armful of fresh cut flowers.

Here are 10 Canadian flower farms you can visit this summer.

alchemy farmSalt Spring Island, BC

At this 10-acre farm in Salt Spring Island’s Burgoyne Fulford Valley, flowers are grown using organic and permaculture practices. Flower arranging workshops and other programs are available, and until September 15, you can book an interactive garden tour online.

Birch meadowsSturgeon County, Alta.

The Birchwood Meadows Fragrant Flower Garden opens July 20 this year, and in August there will be a scenic festival showcasing the farm’s 8 acres of sunflowers. You can find everything from sweet peas to cosmos and anemones, all priced individually per stem.

Eagle Creek FarmsRed Deer County, Alta.

No synthetic fertilizers or herbicides are used on this family-run vegetable and flower farm in Alberta. Starting August 7 this year, you can visit and pick your own flora at the farm: sunflowers, lilies, gladioli, ornamental grasses, zinnias and more.

Black Fox Farm and Distillery, Saskatoon, Sask.

At Black Fox Farm in Saskatoon, you can stop in from late July until the first frost and fill a bucket with colorful flowers for just $35. Depending on the week, there are zinnias, peonies, lilies, dahlias, sunflowers and more.

Scenic Acres of AndrewsMilton, Ontario

A popular farm for pick-your-own fruit, Andrews’ Scenic Acres also offers a reasonably priced pick-your-own option for flowers. Depending on the month, you can expect to find gladioli, sunflowers, dahlias, lilies and peonies in the fields. There is an entrance fee to tour the farm, which includes attractions such as wagon rides, a children’s play area, and a farm animal corral.

Blue EarthMilton, Ontario

Ontario’s largest (and perhaps most photogenic) lavender farm, Terre Bleu offers guided walking tours, an apiary and 9 different varieties of lavender at its Milton location. This summer there is a second location open nearby; The Ruins will offer fields of purple, chamomile, phacelia, and sunflower. Admission isn’t cheap, but you can save money by purchasing a timed ticket online before your visit.

Country cut flowers, Newmarket, ON

From late July to September, this idyllic flower farm in Newmarket offers tickets for cut-your-own tours (information available on the farm’s Facebook and Instagram pages). You can also order bouquets and subscriptions, and there are workshops on botanical dyeing, peony arrangement and more.

garden party, Sainte-Agathe, ON

At Garden Party, you can pick your own organic flowers from the field on the weekends between Mother’s Day and Thanksgiving — $20 for any flowers you can hold in your hand or put in a canned jar — or buy some ready-to-use bouquets. The farm offers lesser-known flowers like hollyhocks, hyssop and astilbe alongside delphiniums, zinnias and peonies. There are seasonal workshops and a bulb and perennial sale in the fall.

Dahlia May Flower FarmTrenton, ON

Dahlia May Flower Farm’s dreamy Instagram account has 71,000 followers, and you can find Melanie Harrington’s fragrant, heirloom blooms – grown without chemicals – at the company’s charming farm stand in Trenton and the Farmers’ Market in Codrington. There are flower arranging workshops and, according to the farm’s website, you can request tours from August to September.

frothy lavenderSeafoam, NS

At this Nova Scotia lavender farm, you can tour the fragrant gardens from mid-May to mid-October. The farm shop offers a plethora of all-natural, handmade lavender-based beauty and food products.

Truc Nguyen is a Toronto-based writer, editor and stylist. Follow her on @trucnguyen.

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