Moorabool’s original pick-your-own sunflower farm has announced new opening times for the Labour Day long weekend – including a twilight session this Sunday.

After some big decisions on Wednesday, Dunnstown farmer Laiken Britt said a newly-matured field of flowers would open to the public for the first time this weekend.

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She’s dubbed it the “pop-up field” – to tie in with this year’s COVID-safe Begonia Festival – which will have pop-up installations spread across the City of Ballarat over the same period.

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“It’s hard to work out but all up, I’d estimate we’ve planted around 400,000 sunflowers,” she said.

“The climate here is quite wet so it’s very hard to dry out seeds. We’ve had to get them in specially.

“People also need to realise that the sunflowers are only here for a limited time. Like any agricultural crop, it’s seasonal.”

Posted by Pick your own sunflowers on Monday, February 24, 2020

Ms Britt said PYO sunflowers had been so popular that people were arriving on days when the farm was closed.

She said earlier this week she opened up on her well-earned day-off to cater for a busload of people that had come from Melbourne.

This long weekend, PYO Sunflowers will open from 10am each day, closing at 6pm. On Sunday (March 7) the field will close at 8pm.

With sunset expected at 7.56pm that day, a top of 26 and a five per cent chance of rain, make sure you bring your camera equipment for some spectacular shots.

Photo: Pick Your Sunflowers, Facebook

Entry is $5 (children under 5 are free) and the flowers are $2 per stem.

A coffee van is available. Visitors can also bring their own picnic food.

The venue is signposted from Navigators-Dunnstown Rd.

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The nearby Pick-your-own-corn field opens later in the month.

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