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Raleigh sunflowers are beginning to bloom, here’s how to see three fields

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Sunflower field at Dix Park during a previous bloom, courtesy City of Sunflowers

The iconic Raleigh sunflowers are returning in summer 2021 with even more blooms.

The Dorothea Dix Park sunflowers field took a break in 2020, but now they’re coming back.

Updated July 21: Dix Park posted the sunflowers are nearing full bloom:

The sunflowers at the North Carolina Museum of Art Museum Park are also beginning to bloom, although the peak is a couple weeks off, a spokesperson confirmed to Raleigh Convergence July 19.

The NCMA also plants a sunflowers, cosmos and zinnias among the sculptures.

New this year

NCMA will plant a second field, below the Ellipse, near the entrance from the parking lots.

Dix Park and the North Carolina Museum of Art are collaborating on a City of Sunflowers effort this year. The two are connected by the Rocky Branch and Reedy Creek Greenway trails.

See the Raleigh sunflowers

Dix Park sunflowers, courtesy of City of Sunflowers

Dix Park sunflowers: The five-acre sunflowers field is located off Hunt Drive, closest to the entrance off Western Boulevard. [map]

Park in a gravel lot off Hunt Drive during weekdays, or any lot weeknights or weekends. [site]

NCMA Museum Park sunflowers: There will be two fields planted this year.

Near the entrance of the museum park, under the Ellipse field, you’ll find the new sunflower planting this year.

Find a two and a half-acre field location further in the park, near the intersection of the Blue Loop and Meadow trails. [site]

Sunflowers at NCMA Museum Park, courtesy City of Sunflowers.

Author: raleighconvergence

Sarah Day Owen Wiskirchen is the editor of Raleigh Convergence.

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