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Sunflower Season

Sunflowers always seem like the happiest of flowers, to me – the way they stand tall and proud, facing the sun and radiating bright yellow. In Knoxville, Tennessee, just outside of Ijams Nature Center, lies this 25 acre field abundant with sunflowers, owned by the Forks of the River Wildlife Management Area.

Though I have been to Knoxville, Tennessee many times, I have never been to see the sunflowers! ┬áIn fact, they have been there for about fifteen years, but they’re still relatively unheard of.

Mid July is the perfect time to visit, as sunflowers are in full bloom. It is a double win for the city of Knoxville – because it’s beautiful and people enjoy it, but also because it is a great enhancement to the ecosystem. The sunflowers attract plenty of doves, cardinals, turkey, butterflies, and deer.

My mom and my boyfriend joined me on this excursion. It was a typical hot and sunny day in the south, with temperatures rising into the 90’s (Fahrenheit). After about an hour, we were so hot and sweaty that we ran back to the car for air conditioning. Thank goodness for sunscreen and water!

I wore this flirty red Poplin dress from Urban Outfitters (similar dresses here and here). The material was light and comfy, with the perfect amount of tightness to hug my curves while staying loose enough to allow me to frolic in the fields. The red really made my outfit pop against the flowers in the background. It would have been the perfect outfit for the Fourth of July!

To find the sunflower field, enter Ijams Nature Center into your GPS. There is no exact address, so head south on Island Home Road. Turn left onto McClure Road. At the end of this road, there’s a yellow gate on the right. If you then look to your left and you’ll see the towering tall yellow flowers.

I should warn you of the huge sign that says “You Are Entering a Hunting Area.” Don’t worry! Hunting season is September – February and April – May, so never while sunflowers are in bloom.