About an hour from Oakland in Petaluma, the Happy Dahlia Farm is open Wednesday through Sunday 11 am to 6 pm during the dahlia season through October.
I visited the Happy Dahlia Farm with my friend and her five-year-old daughter over the weekend. We loved frolicking among the flowers together, building bouquets, and taking tons of photos. The flower farm is filled with rows and rows of dahlias of every variety with space to run around with active toddlers.
The name, Happy Dahlia Farm, says it all. Everyone walks around the farm smiling and enjoying the beautiful Dahlias. The farm specializes in over one hundred varieties of dahlias. Magan Major and her team invite the public to explore and wander their fields of 10,000 plants, completely free of charge and no reservations are necessary.
We spent about 45 minutes walking around the paths and also checked out the chickens and the darling reading nook. We brought a picnic in from the nearby Whole Foods and dined surrounded by dahlias.
This is not a you-pick farm. Major and her team have set up a separate farm stand with buckets and buckets of dahlias that you can arrange into beautiful bouquets, DIY-style. The bouquets are priced based on the size and amount of the dahlias you select. My handmade, freshly-picked bouquet was about $30.
I would recommend checking out the Happy Dalia Farm as a family-friendly outing. We enjoyed the experience of walking around the farm and seeing the many varieties of dahlias. It was a very peaceful and enjoyable morning.
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Plan your visit to the Happy Dahlia Farm
Price: Free to wander around. Pre-cut flowers are priced individually. Remember, no picking!
Food and Drinks: Outside food and drink are permitted. Currently, no food or beverages are sold but concessions may be offered in the future. We picked up our food from the nearby Whole Foods.
Bathrooms: Nothing special, but there’s a porta-potty in the parking lot.
What to bring: Sunscreen, hat, water, and camera.
Shade: There are umbrellas at the picnic table but the fields are pretty sunny.
What to wear: Closed-toe shoes because there are no paved paths, just dirt.
Dogs: Dogs are welcomed on-leash at the farm stand, on the side grass, and around the field’s perimeter.
Parking: Free and Plentiful in a lot at the farm
Location: 2478 East Washington Street, Petaluma
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