If there’s one thing I love its gorgeous flowers and a surprising amount of flower fields and gardens exist in Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia!
One of the most prevalent questions people on Instagram ask me is where is this flower field or garden??? And so I decided to put together this guide to every flower field in the DC, Maryland, and Virginia area that I’ve found and love!
A surprising amount of beautiful flowers bloom here.
So here’s to a floral affair in DC, celebrating all the lovely blooms.
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Okame Cherry Blossoms in Washington DC
The first cherry blossoms in Washington DC to bloom are Okame Cherry Blossoms or plum blossoms. Okame cherry blossoms have a pretty purple hue and bloom all over the city.
These generally bloom around mid-march, but for 2023 they are already blooming as of February 19th!
My favorite places to see them are in this guide: 10 Secret Places to See Washington DC Cherry Blossoms.
Magnolias in Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia
I absolutely love magnolias and the prettiest ones in my opinion are the saucer magnolias that bloom in the DC area!
They are such a pretty pink color. In Maryland, the magnolias bloom slightly later.
Magnolias basically kick off spring in the Washington DC area since they bloom just before the cherry blossoms, around mid to late March.
I’ve included my favorite spots to see saucer magnolias around DC in my Washington DC Cherry Blossom Guide.
Cherry Blossoms in Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia
Cherry Blossoms in Washington DC typically bloom around the end of March to mid-April. The most popular place to see cherry blossoms in DC is around the Tidal Basin, but it gets super crowded.
Cherry Blossoms in Maryland however, bloom slightly later and are very pretty as well.
There’s also more than one variety of cherry blossoms in the DC area and my favorite type is actually the kwanzan cherry blossoms in DC which bloom about two weeks after the Tidal Basin cherry blossoms.
For more information on cherry blossoms in DC and Maryland check out these guides: Cherry Blossom Festival in DC, Cherry Blossom in Maryland, and 5 Places to Experience Cherry Blossoms in DC without the Crowds.
Peach Blossoms near Washington DC at a Peach Orchard
I’ve always been jealous of the almond orchards all over California I see on Instagram, but about 1 to 1.5 hours from Washington DC we have an amazing peach orchard full of peach blossoms! Literally, rows and rows of peach blossoms as far as the eye can see!
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Orr’s Farm Market allows FREE on-site visits and photography in their peach orchard during the peach blossom season! The peach blossoms usually bloom right after the cherry blossom in DC starts to fade.
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As much as I love cherry blossoms in DC around the Tidal Basin, the peach blossoms at Orr’s might be even more magical! There are NO crowds! The orchard is so large that there is really no problem finding a spot of your own.
We walked the length of the orchard and ran into no other person. Most people stay in the area near the road, so if you want a clear spot just walk back into the orchard a bit.
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Parking is a bit limited across the street from the orchard, but not too bad. You park on the side of the road. As soon as you turn onto Orr Drive, you will see the orchard on the left and parking on the right.
For 2022 the peach blossoms peak is from April 1 to 10. We went on April 9th and it was perfect! The peach field further down Orr Drive had not fully bloomed yet.
The rules for visiting and photography:
Photography on the Premises or Orchards:
Hours Allowed: Monday-Saturday 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Closed for Visitors on Sundays
- Photos are allowed on Orr Drive (the stretch between the farm market and Arden Nollville Rd.) only. There are other farms adjoining ours, and this is the only way we can ensure you are on our property.
- Photos may be taken in the field across from the market (By the Green Truck) at above hours.
- Please be advised that traffic can be heavy some days on this road, and you’ll need to use caution and pull off the road completely. Keep an eye on young children! Please ensure traffic may get through by fully pulling off off the road.
- Do not drive into the orchards. Just pull fully into the grass along the road. This is a working orchard and there are tractors and other operations going on. Also we are putting signage up next to an additional parking lot on Arden Nollville Rd.
- Do not block our hay wagon path for our Barnyard hayrides.
- Leave our trees and property as you found it, taking any trash with you.
- Please do not allow children to hang on branches or break trees.
If you plan to go I would call to see if they are still blooming: https://orrsfarmmarket.com/on-site-photography/
Location: 682 Orr Dr, Martinsburg, WV 25403
Please remember to be respectful of the property, leave no trace behind, don’t touch the trees, and follow all the rules! Orr’s Farm is absolutely doing you a favor by letting you onto their farm. And remember to support their business by stopping by their market for some goodies. Their Heavenly Apple Pie lives up to its name and is so delicious! Amish popcorn is also another must-buy!
Tulip Flower Fields in Washington DC, Maryland, Virginia
The hunt for tulips in the DC area comes right after the cherry blossoms are done.
Right around mid-April the tulips start blooming in Washington DC and Maryland.
Want to find the best places to see tulip flower fields in Washington DC? Here are 5 places to see Tulips in DC.
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Apple Blossoms around Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia
Apple blossoms are so underrated! These blooms are so gorgeous. They actually start out GREEN, go pink, then finally turn white when they hit full bloom, then turn green again after bloom!
These trees are all over the area on the side of the road and smell amazing. One of my favorite places to see really tall and low-hanging apple blossoms is Brookside Gardens.
The Prettiest Wisteria around Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia
Wisteria in Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia bloom around mid/late April through early May. Different vines of wisteria will bloom at different times.
The best places to see wisteria in Washington DC are Georgetown, the National Museum of American History (currently in full bloom as of 4/16/2023), Dumbarton Oaks, and Brookside Gardens.
The wisteria in Georgetown and the National Museum of American History tends to start blooming around mid-April.
At Brookside the wisteria will start blooming the last week of April through the first or second week of May.
Dumbarton Oak’s wisteria also blooms around the last week of April through the first week of May.
The National Arboretum also has some lovely wisteria that’s in full bloom as of April 16, 2023.
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Georgetown in Washington DC has quite a few places that bloom with beautiful wisterial!
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Gorgeous Peony Flower Field in Maryland
Very few people know that Maryland is home to a picture-perfect field of wild peonies! Peonies in Maryland bloom around mid to late May. This is probably one of my favorite flower fields in the Washington DC area!
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Peony Farm in Maryland
If you are truly looking for a peony farm that’s close enough for a day trip from Washington DC then St. John Peony Farm is it.
This is a very small farm with pretty peonies blooming on an acre of land.
There’s also a beautiful field of peonies blooming on the owner’s front lawn as well that you can visit.
You cannot pick your own peonies here but your ticket comes with a 5 stem bouquet of beautiful peonies.
The entrance price $45 per car, no matter how many people are in the car, dogs are allowed too.
We went in the morning around 8 a.m., but I think the field would be better to photograph in the afternoon just based on the location
The field blooms around late May, we just went on May 29, 2022, and the farm is in full bloom. The peonies in the front of the house however are past peak!
You can buy tickets here: https://www.stjohnpeonies.com/
Location: 1813 Glenville Road, Havre de Grace, MD 21078
Lavender Flower Fields in DC, Maryland, and Virginia
Ever dream of wandering in fields of lavender flowers in France? Well, we have lavender farms near Washington DC too!
These are the prettiest flower fields near DC and my fave location for flower field pictures around DC! Lavender blooms from mid-June to around early July. My favorite lavender farm in Maryland is Springfield Manor, another lavender farm in Maryland is Purple Rain. There’s also Seven Oaks Lavender Farm in Virginia.
Field of Black-Eyed Susans in Maryland
Did you know that the Maryland State flower is the Black-Eyed Susan?
I still remember years ago when I was in college seeing fields of yellow dotted with black while driving back from Ocean City! It really was quite a sight to behold!
Black-eyed Susans bloom pretty much everywhere in DC, Maryland, and Virginia from late mid to late June.
I found this lovely patch in College Park, MD. Its part of the town of University Park’s meadow restoration project to provide food and shelter for local wildlife and flowers for bees.
Working with the University of Maryland the town of University Park wanted to restore natural grasslands and help bring back native bees in the area.
Additionally, the meadow helps reduce pollution and flooding. There’s a sign that identifies the wild plants here! Location: Across Adelphi Road from the new Hyattsville library, behind the bus stop.
Sunflower Fields Near Washington DC in Maryland
In July you can expect the first of many sunflower fields in Maryland to bloom. McKee Beshers sunflower field blooms in July which is also one of the hottest and wettest months in Maryland. Because it’s so hot and wet in July the sunflowers don’t last very long, but not to worry Maryland has a ton of sunflower fields for you to enjoy all the way into September.
Lotus Bloom in Washington DC at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens
Did you know there’s a beautiful field of lotus and and lilies in the middle of DC? Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens hosts and annual lotus festival to celebrate the peak bloom! This lotus garden in DC blooms from May through August, but the peak bloom is about mid-July.
Blooming Crepe Myrtle in the Middle of Summer
I often see beautiful pictures of bougainvillea in Greece, California, and Europe in general. Well in the DC and Maryland area we have and abundance of crepe myrtle trees that bloom in August.
These beauties bloom literally everywhere and are quite sturdy.
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Bur Marigold in Washington DC creates Fields of Yellow Flowers
If you’ve ever seen the wildflowers or wild poppies in California, you’ll love to know that we have something similar in the Washington DC area! This type of flower is called Bur Marigold, Bearded Beggarticks also know as Tickseed Sunflower. They create the most beautiful field of yellow and will rival any formal garden in DC in their beauty!
These yellow flowers bloom around early to mid-September and you can find them in Washington DC at the National Arboretum near the Captial Columns.
Queen Anne’s Lace Blooms in Washington DC
Queen Anne’s Lace is another beautiful wildflower found in Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia just as summer begins to fade. They bloom around early to mid-September and for the prettiest fields of white fluff.
These flowers can be found basically anywhere! One of my favorite places to photograph them is Redgate Park.
Flower Fields You Can Pick Near DC in Maryland
Now that you’ve seen all these flower fields in Washington DC, I’m sure you want to pick some beautiful flowers to pick! There are flower farms in Maryland near DC where you can pick your own flowers!
Rocky Hill Orchard Flower and Peach Picking
We’ve been to Rocky Hill Orchard for flower and peach picking. There’s plenty of juicy peaches to pick at Rocky Hill, usually starting sometime in August. Rocky Hill also has a beautiful field of flowers to pick as well. This flower field near DC makes a great photo spot as well! The best part? It’s never crowded and so many butterflies. Once peach picking ends, Rocky Hill opens up their apple orchards for apple picking!
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Butler’s Orchard Pick Your Own
Butler’s Orchard is a summer favorite with our family. They have a little animal farm, giant slides, and so much fruit to pick in addition to flowers. We’ve picked strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and sunflowers here all summer long!
Their flower picking opens in July and though it’s small, you can get some gorgeous flowers here! And did I mention there are tons of butterflies here as well.
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