Smith-Perry Berries’s Sunflower Season Underway

OOLTEWAH, TN (WDEF): Since 2008, Smith-Perry Berries has been boasting fields of sunflowers every summer.

Even in the rain, you can see why.

Aubie Smith with Smith-Perry Berries says, “The weather’s been really wet the past month, and some of the sunflowers are eight foot tall in the center of the field, so last year they were like four foot and this year, they’re almost double.”

Smith continues, “We got about another week left is about it all. The seeds will start to fill up and the heads will droop over and start to get ugly.”

Smith says they plant about nine hundred thousand seeds each season in preparation for the summer sprouts.

Visitors can pick a bucket of sunflowers for $15, buy some local produce, or have a photo shoot out in the field.

“We have several professional photographers that come out and do mini sessions with families and a lot of times its the same family every year,” explains Smith.

Professional photographers must pay a fee of $35 but all non professional photos are free.

First time visitors Marcy and Sam from Tennessee says they’ve never seen anything like it.

“I just think it’s fantastic, I mean there’s so many sunflowers.”
“I love that all the bees are here, I love when there’s a lot of bees all over the flower.”

Last year during the pandemic, masks were required to enter in the field, now those restrictions have been lifted.

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