The first time I saw a photo of the sprawling poppy field in West Michigan I knew I had to find it. So this year, when the field was in peak bloom, I hopped in the car and made the short drive up to Fennville, Michigan to see it for myself. And let me tell you - it certainly did not disappoint! As soon as I laid eyes upon the four acres of red, pink and purple flowers it took my breath away. It is certainly one of those places that photos can never do justice.
The poppy field was planted by Joan Donaldson and John Van Voorhees who own and operate Pleasant Hill Blueberry Farm in Fennville. In addition to it's natural beauty, the field also has a deeper meaning which makes it that much more special. The couple originally planted the field two years ago in memory of their son who suffered from PTSD after returning home from a tour in Afghanistan and took his own life. The field is located across from the cemetery where he is buried. The flowers also attract bees and butterflies which help pollinate the farm's blueberry crop.
When I originally shared about my trip to see the flowers on Instagram I had so many people reach out and ask about how to find the field and if anyone was welcome to visit. Keep reading for all the answers!
How to find the field:
The poppy field is located at 5859 124th Ave. in Fennville, MI. If you type the address in your GPS it will take you directly to the farm's driveway which is where last year's field was planted. If you arrive here you've gone too far. There is a wooden sign that points you west toward the cemetery which is just a short drive back the way you came. Once you turn in the cemetery entrance, you're able to park along the grass and access the field by walking through a row of pine trees. There is no fee to visit and the field is accessible at any time of day.
When should you visit:
The poppy field typically starts to bloom in early June and will be done blooming by the 4th of July. We went on June 15 and it was in peak bloom. We also went on a Monday evening and when we arrived there were at least 6 or 7 other cars already parked. If you want to enjoy the serenity of the fields without a crowd, consider going on an off night or time.
Things to keep in mind when visiting:
The couple only has two rules when visiting the farm. Don't walk in the field or make paths through the flowers and don't pick them. The field itself is four acres and you're able to walk around the entire perimeter which I highly suggest as it seemed like the views kept getting better and better from different perspectives. If you're taking photos (which of course you will be) you'll also want to take the time of day and sunlight into consideration to get the best shot.
Make a day trip out of your visit to the poppy field:
The flower field is located near a number of other great Fennville sites if you're looking to make a day out of your visit to the area. Some of my favorite spots include:
The field is also only a few miles from downtown Saugatuck to the north or South Haven to the south - both or which are adorable Michigan beach towns and home to great shops, restaurants, and of course the Lake Michigan shoreline.
6/22/2020 12:06:53 pm
Where can I purchase these poppy’s either plants or seeds?
6/22/2020 05:31:59 pm
Hi Heather - I would recommend contacting Pleasant Hill Farm directly to see if they could provide more information on the type of seed they use.
6/24/2020 08:01:07 pm
I would like to know where I can buy the seeds or plants for the poppies.
8/9/2020 01:51:10 pm
Hi, please add to your wonderful review that the poppies are no longer blooming and the field was mowed. They only bloom one year. If people want to plant some poppies, we buy our seed from American Meadows. Thanks for telling folks about the flowers.
5/19/2021 09:03:39 am
Thank you so much for offering the beautiful display of poppies when you did and letting us know where we can source our own poppy seeds.
5/28/2021 05:18:06 pm
What a a thing of beauty - a very beautiful remembrance of your son! It is awe inspiring....I did not see it in person but had I known of it I would have been there! Please let me know if you ever plan to plant the poppies again. Bless you...
6/1/2021 12:17:25 pm
Will this be opened this year
6/1/2021 01:29:51 pm
According to the farm's Facebook page, they did not plant any poppies this fall to bloom in 2021 and plan to take a year or two off.
7/30/2022 06:18:48 pm
They are commonly known as cornflower or bachelor's button. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Centaurea_cyanus.
6/4/2022 04:09:23 pm
Will there be a poppy display 2022
6/17/2022 11:53:49 pm
They are in bloom currently
6/27/2022 04:34:00 am
Are the poppy's still in bloom before we make the hour road trip? Thanks
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