June 15th, 2018

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Hundreds of folks visit Ijams Nature Center every summer asking about the sunflower fields. The sunflowers are actually planted by TWRA at the Forks of the River WMA, a property located just down the greenway from Ijams.

TWRA and Legacy Parks hosted a sunflower festival in 2017, and it was announced that there would not be sunflowers again until 2019. It appears that the fields previously aglow with the deep yellow blooms are being allowed to lay fallow this season. This process allows the soil to regain nutrients that can be lost to overplanting.

While we wait for potential sunflowers in 2019, let’s enjoy this beautiful photo that was taken by our very own naturalist-storyteller-journalist-photographer-extraordinaire Stephen Lyn Bales.

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