Back in June, FLC staff sowed black oil sunflower seeds and the blooms arrived mid-August 2023! Visitors were welcome to visit the Harris Farm barn parking lot, located at 3320 Andy Harris Road in Rockford, TN, during the weekends of Aug. 19th, 20th, 26th and 27th.

Click here to read about FLC’s 2023 Sunflower Trail in the Maryville Daily Times!

Visitors were able to park and walk over to the sunflowers, take pictures, and even pick a few blooms. Anyone with mobility issues were free to park at FLC’s office headquarters, just down the road at 3402 Andy Harris, as sunflowers were also planted right along the office’s fence row. If you would like to know more or participate in planting at your property next year, please call the FLC office at 865-681-8326.

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Additional details about FLC’s annual Sunflower Trail…

2023 was the first year that Foothills Land Conservancy partnered with local landowners, creating ecologically-beneficial and stunning displays of sunflowers that are visible from public roadways. We hope that this initiative takes off throughout Blount County, TN!

WHY – To benefit our local native pollinators and songbirds with a beautiful display of our community’s support for conservation!  Butterflies including Monarchs will nectar on the flowers, and birds like Blue Grosbeaks and American Goldfinches enjoy the seeds.

One big goal for this project:  Contiguous sunflower plantings along both sides of Andy Harris Road, where FLC’s office at the Harris Farm is located!  The visual impact of a whole road in bloom would be huge in terms of generating interest for continuing the project in subsequent years and showcasing Blount County’s commitment to conservation—see if you can convince some of your neighbors to join you in planting!

For more information and to participate next year: Please contact Shelby Lyn Sanders at 865-681-8326. To receive future updates on this initiative, sign up for FLC’s eNews.