Sunflower picking at ferme marineau: sun as far as the eye can see
Sunflower picking is a great opportunity to stroll and take beautiful photos. Around the month of August, more than 100,000 sunflowers in about 20 different varieties adorn our majestic fields with their shimmering colours. To be more original, we have organized our paths into a maze; just one more touch of magic!
Sunflowers are fascinating because they awake facing the east and turn towards the west at the end of the day. This phenomenon, called heliotropism, maximizes the plant’s contact with this bright star. By the way, the French word for sunflower, “tournesol,” comes from the Italian “girasole,” which means turning towards the sun. Diving into a sea of sunflowers is certainly a great way to recharge your batteries!
How does sunflower picking work at Ferme Marineau?
When you arrive, make your way to the canopy. This is where you’ll pay your entrance fee, which gives you access to the sunflower maze and the entire site. You’ll have plenty of time to relax and capture the moment in photos. Sunflower picking is optional. If you want to pick some, we’ll lend you pruning shears that we’ll collect when you pay for the flowers at the exit. You can also bring your own pruning shears if you want. To keep your beautiful suns looking good, we’ll give you a bucket of water to take home. Here are some additional details to help you plan your visit:
What’s the difference between daytime and evening picking?
Our sunflower-picking evenings will be complemented by guest artists who will perform under the canopy on Fridays and Saturdays. All the activities offered during the day will also be available, as well as a few surprises that we have in store for you.
What are the rates?
Rates vary depending on when you choose to take part in this activity. Debit and credit cards, as well as cash, are accepted.
|1-5||1,99 $ + taxes|
|5+||1,50 $ + taxes|
- Where are the U-pick sunflower fields located and how do I get there?
The U-pick sunflower fields are located about 500 metres from the entrance. It’s a pleasant walk along a gravel and dirt path. If you have children, strollers or carts with large wheels are preferable. We also recommend that you wear good shoes or rain boots if you visit on or after a rainy day. If you don’t have a cart, we do have a few available to borrow; however, quantities are limited.
- Can I bring my dog?
Dogs are unfortunately not allowed on the site.
- Do the activities take place when it’s raining?
The Italian word for sunflower: “girasole” (turns with the sun)
The sunflower is fascinating because it’s regulated by a very structured internal clock. At sunrise, the sunflower points its head to the east and follows the movement of the sun until sunset in the west to finally reposition itself again toward the east in the morning. This phenomenon is called heliotropism and it allows the plant to make the most of the sun’s energy.