Here at Indy with Kids, we’re huge supporters of local agriculture, family farms and getting outdoors. This summer, we’ve been exploring u-pick flower farms like crazy! We recently shared our adventures at Dollie’s Lavender Farm and now we’re taking you along on a quick trip to Anderson Flower Farm in Frankfort, Indiana, just about a 45 minute drive from downtown Indianapolis. This would be a fantastic stop after a day of swimming at the Seashore Waterpark in Lebanon.
U-Pick at Anderson Flower Farm
When my friend MaryAnne told me about the Anderson family farm, I knew it was going to be a hit for one of our social distancing activities, and I was right! When you arrive, you park your car in a small gravel lot outside of the barn. Then, make your way into the barn for check-in where you’ll pay $25 for a bucket that you can fill with glorious, beautiful flowers. There are other sizes available. My children each had a $5 children’s bucket that was a sand pail with a shovel. They were invited to fill it up and even keep the bucket when they are done!
There are two gardens areas to pick from and you’ll want to explore both. Lois Anderson started growing flowers in her garden on her family farm and people loved them! During her recent class reunion, her friends and classmates told her that her flowers were so beautiful that she should begin selling them at local Farmers’ Markets. Lois shared with that she doesn’t want to be away from her beautiful home with her farm and her flower gardens, so she wondered if people would instead come to her. So this year, she opened up her farm and invited everyone to come participate in u-pick flower harvesting.
Children’s Buckets at Anderson Flower Farm
When at least one adult in your party purchases a $25 or $35 flower bucket, each child in your party is able to purchase a children’s flower bucket for only $5. When they’re done selecting their flowers and placing them in the bucket, the kids get to take home the entire bucket! One of my favorite things about this flower farm is that Lois told the kids what kinds of flowers they would need to make the most attractive flower arrangement. I don’t mean the variety, I just mean a type, or in this case a shape. There are five elements to the most perfect bouquet; air, disks, filler, focal, spike. Each of the flower garden areas are labeled so that the kids know where they can find each of these types.
Flowers at Anderson Flower Farm
You’ll see a variety of flowers blooming throughout the season, from Delphiniums to Snap Dragons to Lisianthus to Sweet William to Lilies to Apple Mint and more. You’ll find some of your very favorite flowers in the field or come to love a new flower. The Anderson family recommends coming during the best times to pick flowers, 9 am – 11 am and 5 pm – 7 pm.
Anderson Flower Farm offers bouquet making workshops, and even helps bridesmaids make their own wedding bouquet. What a fun and unique wedding idea!
Flower Farm Hours
Anderson Flower Farm is open seasonally, June through October. Public hours are Thursday – Saturday, 9 am – 7 pm or by appointment Monday – Wednesday.
Anderson Flower Farm Address
2284 West CR 300 South, Frankfort, IN 46041
Know Before You Go
Bring along a bucket to take your flowers home. There are buckets available for collecting flowers but after paying, you can transfer them to your own container for taking home. You’ll spend 30 minutes to an hour in the field, consider bringing or wearing sunblock, insect repellent and sunglasses. You may want to call ahead to be sure that there are enough flowers remaining in the field, often flowers grow in “waves” and can get picked out.