Long, hot summer days are better when drenched in a bright sunny glow. It is no surprise that the trademark images of summer are bound to be blooming with one cheery and warm flower across the Fraser Valley and beyond known as the Sunflower. Just as Tulips represent spring, these large happy flowers are often associated with summer, as this is when they grow best. Due to the fact we see a lot less rainfall, sunflowers contain long roots so they can reach the water further down in the soil compared to other plants and flowers.

The sunflower is not one of the rarest flowers, but it certainly is one of beauty and power. It is still represented to this day (as it was in the past) with warmth, positivity, pride, strength, and happiness since it bears such a strong resemblance to the Sun itself. Because the bright yellow flowers constantly turn their face turned towards the sun, giving them their common name one can only assume they were made to be a proper representation of summer.

So what does a sunflower in summer truly represent?

Some of the most common meanings and representations of a sunflower include:

  • Long life, mainly since most varieties stand in full bloom for months on end during the hottest days of summer
  • Feelings of adoration, admiration, towards oneself or towards another person, such as a family member or friend
  • Loyalty and strong bonds between two people, as represented by the strong and upright stem
  • Seeking out positivity and strength, as the bloom turns to face the sun
  • Brightening your mood, through the vibrancy of the yellow or orange petals through the warm/hot months
  • Good luck and lasting happiness and an overall sense of joy

 Could there be a better floral representation of summer then a sunflower? 

The golden yellow smile of a sunflower is a guaranteed way to brighten up the day of anyone who sees or receives a sunflower, so be sure to share that joy with someone this summer! The Harrison Sunflower Festival runs every day from August 22 through September 16: Monday – Thursday from 10 am to sunset, and Friday – Sunday from 30 minutes before sunrise to sunset.

When: August 22 – September 16.
Location: 41310 Yale Road.
*Ticket and season-pass prices vary for individuals, families and bus groups; children 5 and under are admitted free. Visit harrisonsunflowerfest.com for directions, complete ticket pricing, and more information.