Northwest Metro Sunflower Fields ‘Spread a Little Sunshine’
On the road off the beaten path in Rogers sits a field of wonderment and surprise. Rows of spectacular sunflowers stretch as far as the eye can see.
“The flowers are pretty this year,” said Johnny Olson, owner of Fish Sunflowers.
He planted this meadow of magic in hopes of bringing people together. Olson is a realtor by day and sunflower grower at night. “I’ve always had a passion for farming. My grandfathers were farmers. So this is honoring them and fulfill a passion of mine,” he said.
Olson has planted sunflower fields for the past five years. This time around he went big. “I thought I would spread a little sunshine this year on a larger scale. So, I planted 12 fields.”
People donate land for the flower fields. Olson does the rest. “I fertilize. I till, I spray, I seed,” said Olson.
Every field is planted in honor of someone. In Rogers, the landowner’s dad recently passed away and the area is a tribute to him. The flower grower says he hopes people come here and forget their worries.
“I think today’s world there’s a lot of stuff going on, a lot of gray skies,” he said. “The idea is to spread as much sunshine as possible. “
Sunflower Fields Free to View
It’s free to check out the fields, but Olson has one request. “Take the pictures, share them with your friends and family, get them on social media.”
Louvica Nash stopped by with her camera. She pointed her camera at a flower and said, “Do you see all the bees that are them?” Nash plans to make cards with her captured memories. “I think they’re just beautiful. They bring you lots of sunshine,” said Nash.
It’s a field of hope and happiness during a time of uncertainty. “Be positive. I know we gotta dig, and we gotta work hard sometimes to find it, but it’s there,” said Olson.
Tuesday is the last day for the Rogers location, but there are plenty of others in northwest metro. Head to the Fish Sunflowers Facebook page for more information.