The beauty of Northern Michigan is hardly one that can be bottled and kept on a shelf, but with these special farms, you can come close. Browse acres of vibrant and thriving blooms, then cut and gather them yourself. These Northern Michigan U-pick flower farms in Traverse City and Leelanau County allow for a day spent amidst carefully woven flowerbeds, and weeks thereafter admiring fresh and unique bouquets straight from their Northern Michigan soil.

Omena Cut Flowers

12401 E. Freeland Rd. | Suttons Bay

About seven miles north of Suttons Bay right off of M22, you’ll find yourself within 23 flowerbeds comprised of over 40 varieties of flowers to cut from. Open dawn ’til dusk, Omena Cut Flowers customers are allowed to roam the farm and gather their favorite blooms using the scissors, water, and jugs provided or bring their own. Customers are asked to keep track of their cuts and to proceed on the honor system at the end of the visit, paying according to instructions in the shed. Pick your own or choose a ready-made bouquet to go from the fridge in the shed.

Iris Farm

5385 E. Traverse Hwy. | Traverse City

A trip down M-72 about five miles west of Traverse City will land you at Iris Farm, where over six acres of land have been thoughtfully cultivated in one of the most elegant and beautiful ways possible—with over 1,000 varieties of hybrid German iris and 200 varieties of new daylilies. This U-Cut flower farm is alight with life and color especially throughout May and June. Iris Farm provides the stunning opportunity to become immersed in all the colors a Northern Michigan summer can bring, and to carry a piece of that along with you when you leave.

Old Mission Flowers

16550 Center Rd. | Old Mission PeninsulaTraverse City

At the corner of Ladd Road and Center Road, you’ll come upon a stunning hilltop garden with an equally beautiful view of West Bay. From dawn ’til dusk, customers are allowed to grab a pair of scissors and a bucket and explore the farm. This farm, too, functions on the honor system. As you wander through half an acre of blooms, you’ll find peonies, roses, dahlias, lilies, and gladiolas, as well as more than 100 different perennials and a variety of common annuals to supplement color. You can also find small hand-tied bouquets of these flowers at Oryana Natural Foods Market. Time spent at Old Mission Flowers is sure to end with an armful of delicate and thriving color true to a Northern Michigan summer.


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Photo(s) by Kathryn Davis