Van Gogh Days blossoms Aug. 2

Van Gogh Days, celebrating the beauty of summer’s signature flower — the sunflower —returns to Rasmussen Farms in the heart of Oregon’s Hood River Valley Aug. 2-3.

The activity-filled weekend is the kick-off of the sunflower season. Vincent Van Gogh made the sunflower famous in his series of works painted from 1887-89. Fields of the colorful blooms can be seen at Rasmussen Farms throughout the month of August. Find 70 named varieties of sunflowers in the sunflower gardens, as well as traditional sunflowers growing among the vines of the 10-acre pumpkin field. Admission and parking are free. Rasmussen Farms is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is located at 3020 Thomsen Road, six miles south of Hood River.

Painters, photographers and those who just enjoy strolling through fields of bright sunflowers in one of the Northwest’s most scenic places flock to the popular destination farm.

Individuals, art groups, photography clubs, and other lovers of the bright blooms are invited to enjoy the summer flowers and the beautiful rural scenery at Rasmussen Farms. Photograph sunflowers, paint them, or pick a bouquet from the farm’s U-pick garden to take home.

Enjoy live music both afternoons. A Quilt Show and Sale featuring handmade quilts, including some with sunflower themes, will be a part of the weekend event. Shop the unique decorated tea towels and other offerings of linen artists “Crisp ‘N Tart.” There will be free tastes of award-winning wines from Hood River Vineyards, and food will be available at the food cart. Fruit and a selection of cold beverages are available in the sales barn, along with gourmet food items, home decorating ideas, plants, and sunflower desserts, sunflower recipes and surprises.

Kids will want to participate in vegetable games and treasure hunts, as well as enjoy the other delights the younger set love on this scenic working farm. There is plenty of room in the spacious flower fields for individuals and small groups — no reservations are needed. But the Rasmussen staff does recommend reservations for large groups to assure the best experience. (Whether visiting as an individual or with a group, please leave dogs at home.)

For details, call 541-386-4622 or 800-548-2243, or visit the website at

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