Last summer I started noticing photos of sunflowers popping up throughout my social media feeds. They were all local and all coming from one spot just southeast of Raleigh along the Neuse River Greenway Trail. Curious, my husband, kids, and I headed out to see them for ourselves.
The City of Raleigh has been growing these sunflowers annually. They are more than just a beautiful sight in the summer, the flowers are doing work too helping to keep nitrogen-rich soil in this biosolids application site from washing into nearby streams and rivers. Afterwards, the City harvests the sunflower seeds to use for biodiesel.
Last year the sunflowers were located right beside Brown Field Rd making them easy to see.
UPDATE June 2019: The sunflower field is now located in Dix Park each July.
Enjoy! Take lots of photos. Just remember the one rule – no picking.