Closed for the Season
Skelly's Sunflower Experience FAQs
What exactly is the sunflower experience? It's a 2.5 week season in late July/early August that features around 30 different varieties of sunflowers totaling 150,000 blooms in our 6 acre field! There are a lot of special events we have planned in a small period of time. Read below for more information.
What is the Sunflower Experience?
2023 will be our 6th year of planting sunflowers! We plant around 6 acres of beautiful sunflowers for you to walk through and enjoy. We have three special areas in our field: the walking area, the cutting area, and the specialty flower area.
Our walking area is around 5 acres and features "prop stops," 2 viewing platforms and so many opportunities for photos! We have signs directing you to prop stops and viewing platforms throughout our field. These prop stops are little areas cut out off the main path and include items you can use for picture props and backgrounds (examples: old tractors, ladders, rustic fences).
The cutting area is used only for picking out the best sunflowers for cutting to take home with you! At least one flower is included in your admission price (see below). The cutting area features over 10 different varieties of flowers for you to pick out your perfect bouquet from!
Lastly, the specialty flower area is around a quarter acre of around 30 different varieties of sunflowers and is located right at the entrance of the walking field. Enjoy multi-colored flowers, branching flowers, short and tall flowers and flowers with large and small heads! This area is not used for cutting. New for 2023: enjoy our brand new "pollinator path" that features informational signs about sunflowers with a little fun kids activity at each stop!
When does the field open and how much does it cost?
We are hoping to open our 2023 sunflower field around the last week of July. As always, this depends on Mother Nature. Once the field is open, we usually get around 2.5 weeks of blooming sunflowers and then the field will be closed. Stay tuned for more announcements as we get closer to opening day!
2023 Admission Prices
Every guest age 4 and older must pay admission (3 and under are free). There are three admission levels.
Single Flower Experience: $9/child ages 4-12 or $12/adult ages 13+ includes admission to the field, 1 cut sunflower to take home, a choice of donut from our bakery, and 10% off sunflower gifts in our retail barn.
Bouquet Experience: $16/person includes admission to the field, 6 cut sunflowers to take home, a choice of donut from our bakery, and 10% off sunflower gifts in our retail barn.
Ultimate Experience: $30/person includes admission to the field, 12 cut sunflowers to take home, a galvanized bucket for your flowers, a choice of donut from our bakery, and 10% off sunflower gifts in our retail barn.
You do have the option to buy additional flowers to take home for $2/each or $6/6 flowers. We also sell galvanized pots at our admission booth if you'd like to purchase a nice vase for your flowers. Pots vary in price.
Professional Photography Policy in our Field
We welcome all sorts of professional photographers to our fields! You don't have to rent a certain space in our field. As long as every single person (including you!) pays admission, there is no other fee for photos. Please share some with us via Facebook messenger or Instagram direct messages! If you would like to take pictures around the rest of the farm, you will need to sign a waiver. Photographers are only allowed in our field during business hours. No trespassing in our fields before or after hours.
2023 Special Events Schedule
**All dates below are subject to change due to blooming period adjustments. Please watch our social media pages or this page for updates on dates if needed.
Special Evening Hours in the Field
Thursday, August 3rd - Friday, August 11th
If sunset photos are your thing, you don't want to miss our extended farm hours during this limited time! Starting Thursday, August 3rd through Friday, August 11th our farm will be open 9am - 8:30pm daily! Last entry into the sunflower field is at 7:30pm. No extra cost for evenings. Get those amazing sunset photos! Tickets can be purchased online here or at the gate.
*NEW FOR 2023!* Skelly's Donut Dash for the Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin
Saturday, August 5th at 8am
Do you like running? Do you like running so you can eat donuts at the finish line? What about running with your dog, then eating donuts, AND supporting a great local organization? We are partnering with the Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin to bring a 5k and 1 mile run/walk to the farm this year on Saturday, August 5th. Race time is at 8am. Run or walk our 5k route through the sunflower field, on nearby roads, and around our strawberry beds. Bring your dog! All race participants will receive a number with time tracking, admission to our sunflower field, and an apple cider donut at the finish line. T-shirts with all sales going towards the Humane Society will be available for purchase. We will be donating a large portion of each ticket to the Humane Society PLUS any extra field admissions that day we will also be donating $2 per ticket! If you don't want to race, come visit the field and support the Humane Society that way! Registration link coming soon!
*NEW FOR 2023!* Twilight Date Night in the Sunflowers
Thursday, August 3rd - Sunday, August 6th
More details coming soon.
Sunflower Paint 'n Sip Coffee Classes
Thursday, August 3rd 6pm - 8:30pm
Sunday, August 6th 1pm - 3:30pm
Join us for a fun paint-your-own sunflower canvas class! This class is led by a professional painter from Art-Vark Studios and you don't have to be a skilled painter to produce a beautiful canvas! Tickets are $45 each and includes all painting materials, professional step-by-step instruction, an admission ticket to the sunflower field, a cup of coffee (or other beverage), and a donut. Each class is approximately 2.5 hours long and space fills up quickly! Tickets available online only here.
Mini Professional Photography Sessions with Amylis Photography
Friday, August 4th 4:30pm - 8pm
Get your professional photos done in a timely manner! For only $10 per group (field admission tickets required per person), spend around 5 minutes with Amy and get your photos taken in the sunflowers. Each group will get a link to download pictures a few weeks after the session. Amy promises to give you at least 5 good, professional quality photos you can download for no extra cost. Please do not bring any outside props into the session as Amy will provide anything she needs. Remember, this is very quick, so please arrive on time! Tickets available online only here.
Mini Professional Photography Sessions with Ali Acker Photography
Saturday, August 5th 4pm - 8pm
Sunday, August 6th 4pm - 8pm
Get your professional photos done in a timely manner! For only $10 per group (field admission tickets required per person), spend around 5 minutes with Ali and get your photos taken in the sunflowers. Each group will get a link to download pictures a few weeks after the session. Ali promises to give you at least 5 good, professional quality photos you can download for no extra cost. Please do not bring any outside props into the session as Ali will provide anything she needs. Remember, this is very quick, so please arrive on time! Tickets available online only here.
Saturday, August 5th 1pm and 2:30pm
Butterflies are gorgeous and we want to celebrate the beautiful creatures Mother Nature has given us! Join us on Saturday, August 5th at 1pm or 2:30pm for a butterfly release into the sunflower field! For $18, each person will receive a butterfly to release and admission into our sunflower field. We will give a short presentation at the beginning of each release. Plan to take a lot of pictures and videos! Tickets are available online only here.