Sunflower Mazes of Southern Maryland

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Our Sunflower Mazes & Pick-Your-Own Gardens Are Ah-mazing!

 

Our season is now over — thanks for another great year!

All locations are closed until Summer 2021.  

 

2020 SEASON IS COMPLETED — WILL REOPEN JUNE 2021

Thank you for ALL the love, smiles and happiness you gave. We love you all and will see you again summer 2021.

Looking for a fun adventure for yourself, your friends or your family? Visit one of our seasonal living mazes and experience the glory of walking through a field of giant sunflowers.

Looking for one-of-a-kind photo opportunities? Our flowers, fields, country setting and fun accessories (like our orange tractor) make great photo memories. We’re a popular destination for everyone, including professional photographers.

We also love helping our visitors learn about our ecosystem with fun activities and guides. 

Past Sunflower Maze Designs

Goldpetal Farms 2020 Maze #2 Walking on Sunshine, Chaptico Maryland

The Design Process

We start planning our maze designs months in advance and are always trying new, innovative design ideas. One maze takes about 250 hours and over two months to get it ready for opening day.

Each spring (usually mid-to-late April) and once the ground soil temperature reaches 60 degrees, we start planting our sunflower seed mix. This temperature is necessary to ensure the seeds germinate uniformly. Our mazes take up three to four acres.

As the plants are growing, we begin plotting out the maze design the old-fashioned way — completely by hand using landmarks, stakes and by roping off areas. As soon as the sunflowers are about 12 inches tall, we cut the maze out of the growth. Then the flowers and other plants are left to mature and grow.

The Flowers, Plants and Pollinators

The first flowers to bloom on our fields are buckwheat. Ten days later, we’ll see mustard blooms. Buckwheat and mustard are used by our native pollinators as well as by the honey bees we keep on the farm.

Two weeks after the mustard is done blooming, our sunflowers begin to bloom. If we’re fortunate with the weather, we’ll enjoy about three to four weeks of gorgeous sunflowers. In total, our pollinators enjoy about eight weeks of floral food, and that makes them very happy. Us, too.