Scenes from the Sunflower Bloom at McKee-Beshers Wildlife Management Area

I’m no horticulturalist or anything, but I loves me a beautiful flower bloom. It’s not just the dramatic vistas they create as brilliant bursts of color stretch across landscapes; something about the annual recurrence — the concept of renewal — is at once comforting, uplifting, exciting, and hopeful. (Why, hello, my inner cheeseball.)

This was the first time we went to see the sunflower bloom at McKee-Beshers Wildlife Management Area in Poolesville, MD. I’d actually never heard about it before and have the Montgomery County Tourism Office on social media to thank for the heads-up this year. It was one of their Instagram posts that alerted me to the peak dates, which are right now through next weekend.

So, this bloom is amazing! The thirty acres of tall yellow flowers is such a happy sight, like a big congregation of smiling emoji sunshine faces. It was a crazy hot day when Owen and I went to see it, but I’m so glad we braved the temps. We didn’t stay too long, about 20-30 minutes, but it was enough time to take in the sublime scene. I recommend wearing hats, close-toed shoes, and sunscreen, and bringing along a bottle of water.

I couldn’t find an exact address for McKee-Beshers, but put the location in my phone GPS and followed the route. It led us to a small parking lot just off River Road, and a sign there confirmed we were in the right place. (There’s no admission, just park and head to the fields.) It’s just a few minutes down the road from Homestead Farms, so I recommend planning a visit there, too, to make the most of your time while you’re out that way. We did some blackberry picking and enjoyed a picnic lunch that we brought along. Just make sure you go soon, because the bloom (and blackberries!) won’t be there for much longer.

The first glimpse beyond the trees

There’s some room to walk among the flowers,but be careful!

A shorty among the tallies

The flip side…sunflowers turn slowly throughout the day, so they’re always facing the sun

Matching bumble bee

Stop and smell, though there’s not much of an aroma

Rising high

Sunflower close-up

Still in the bud stage

Go see them…and have your camera ready!



Filed under 2017, All ages, Annual, DC, Free, Maryland, Nature, Outdoor, Seasonal, Summer, Weekdays, Weekend

6 Responses to Scenes from the Sunflower Bloom at McKee-Beshers Wildlife Management Area

  1. Laura Osborne

    Went today with my two boys and we had a great time! Hard to find parking, and at first, it took us further than where you parked, leading us to a corn field, which we explored before going back and finding the sunflowers! Pairing with berry picking was perfect – thanks for the suggestions!

    • Linda @ KidFriendly DC

      You’re very welcome, Laura! So glad to hear you and your boys enjoyed it all – thanks for letting me know!

  2. rebecca

    what time does it open?

  3. Steve

    This looks great! Is it stroller-friendly?

    • Linda @ KidFriendly DC

      There’s no easy, paved path for a stroller; it’s just a big grassy field. That said, you could probably push a larger stroller around without much problem, but I’d recommend a carrier over an umbrella stroller.

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