Sunflower picking at Dart’s Farm
Forget picking daisies this summer and instead head over to Dart’s Farm where magnificent sunflowers are waiting to be cut. Indeed, what could be better than being allowed to gather your very own bright yellow bunch of happiness, knowing that whilst you’re doing so, all the money raised is donated to this year’s charity of Hospiscare (a charity offering support for people with terminal illness)?
What to do?
Head to the farthest checkout till in Dart’s Farm’s main Food Hall (near the florist) and mention the sunflower picking. In exchange for your name and telephone number, they will give you a pair of numbered secateurs. They are perfectly sharp and great for the job but, obviously, do be careful of little fingers. Wander across to the sunflower field and get picking! You may gather as many as you like, or can carry, whichever comes first, and when you return the secateurs to the counter, pop your donation into the pot – recommended donation by Dart’s of 50p per stem.
What to know?
Dart’s Farm recommend sensible footwear – it is in a field after all. I threw caution to the wind and headed along in my summer staple of flip flops and was chastised with a sting from a nettle – so be mindful of little legs.
Don’t be afraid to get right in among the flowers, off the already trodden paths – where even more beautiful flowers await you (just be cautious of damaging any on your travels).
The donations are collected in a countertop charity collection pot so have the change you wish to donate available.
There’s something for everyone:
- For babies, it’s a sensory delight. Bright yellow petals contrasting against the dark inner disk, the scent of the flowers, the breeze while out and about…
- For young toddlers, they can marvel at the towering height of the sunflowers and help carry or drag them around… (for others the enormity may be a little intimidating, so have a hand (or hip!) free).
- Older kids love choosing their own flowers, making their own path among the sunny giants and collecting their hoard – well until they see the play park then it’s all over to you!
- For parents, its lovely to walk among the flowers, seeing heads popping up in the field and choosing the bunch that will adorn your table for the next few days.
Who can resist Instagram-worthy photos of our gorgeous children and beautiful flowers?
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Darts Farm Food Hall and Gift Shop is open:
Monday to Saturday: 8am – 7pm
Sunday: 9.30am – 4.30pm (9.30 – 10.30am viewing time only)
Yes – In Dart’s shop, through the children’s toy section, there are loos with baby changing. If you are in the café there is another loo there too.
There is a path all the way to the Sunflower field and alongside where all buggies will travel easily and could then be in sight, if you wish.
How to increase the vase life of your sunflowers
Taking tips from Sarah Raven, do the following steps when you get home in order to maximize the longevity of your flowers.
- Strip the leaves off the part of the stem that will be under the waterline (it is bacteria in the water that bungs up the stems and destroys the longevity of the flowers.)
- Re-cut the stems on the angle (so they can draw water freely)
- Put the bottom inch of the stem into a mug of boiling water for 30 seconds (you will see little air bubbles escaping)
- Refresh the water every few days or so or add a tiny splash of Milton to the water to keep the water clear.
No secateurs hire charge
No entry charge
Just a recommended donation of 50p per stem