Where to pick stunning local Flowers!
There is a gorgeous flower field found out on Old Mission Peninsula, just north of Traverse City where there are hundreds of varieties of flowers and you are allowed to cut your own bouquet. Old Mission Flowers’ self-serve cutting garden is open May through October from dawn until dusk (weather permitting). With endlessly changing options throughout the season, you will have to make more than one visit! The little shed is adorable and stocked with scissors, recycled vases for your choosing, flower cutting suggestions, and flower food to keep the buds in their best shape.
Here are some special details directly from their website www.oldmissionflowers.com How to get to the garden: The address for Old Mission Flowers is 16550 Center Rd., Traverse City, MI 49686 (14 miles north of Traverse City), however, the driveway is off Ladd Rd. If you are headed out the peninsula on Center Rd. (M-37)…after passing Chateau Chantal you will go up a big hill, pass the Ogdensburg Church and cemetery – you will be to Ladd Rd. Watch for the sign on the corner, turn right onto Ladd. The garden is on the corner, you will see the driveway on the left and the garden shed. Feel free to park on the grass. There are no foods, drinks, knick-knacks or bathrooms, just beds of flowers for cutting, a table with pre-cut flowers, and some stellar views. Bring sensible shoes and your camera. Cash, checks, and PayPal are accepted; if you are using cash bring some small bills.
Old Mission Flowers operates on the honor system, so guests pick flowers and put money or a check in a pay pipe. Here is their most recent flower pricing as of June 2020:
Peonies: $3.00 each, 4 for $10.00, 6 for $15.00, 10 for $20.00
Other Large Flowers: $2.00 each (Lupines, Alliums, Iris, Mullein, Lilacs)
Smaller Flowers: $1.00 each (Perennial Bachelor Buttons)
Very Small Flowers (fillers): 50 cents each (hosta leaves, Lily of the Valley)