Nothing says summer quite like a bouquet of beauties, especially if they’ve been hand-picked by the youngest gardeners in the house. U-pick flower farms offer families a great way to spend the day and an affordable way to fill your home with color. Read on for some of our top picks for a pop of color.

photo: flowers by Jason Mulcahey via Flickr

Kruger’s Farm
Two acres of dahlias, zinnias, sunflowers and more bloom on this Sauvie Island staple that’s known for its u-pick berries. They’ll loan you the clippers and buckets, and the flowers will be wrapped for you before you leave. Prices range from $0.50-1.50 per stem, depending on the variety, with bucket pricing ($15-20 per bucket) at the end of the summer.

17100 NW Sauvie Island Rd.
503-621-3489
Online: krugersfarmmarket.com

Helvetia Lavender Farm
This Hillsboro favorite for Christmas trees goes purple in the summer with two varieties of lavender: English and Lavandin. Drop into the tea pavilion for a lunch of homemade quiche, salad and scones for $20 (by reservation only) or just the tea and scones for $10 (drop-ins welcome). Check out the lavender festival on July 12-14 for live music, artisan booths and all things lavender! If you just want to pick some lavender to scent things at home, for $7 a bundle, the owners will give you a pair of scissors and a bucket and you spend your day wandering rows of flowers and picking some to take home.

12814 NW Bishop Rd.
Hillsboro
503-647-5858
Online: helvetialavenderfarm.com

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Justy’s Produce and Flowers
Dahlia fans, rejoice! Justy’s has your favorites, ready to be picked. Since you’re heading there, their produce market has it all from A to Z. From apples to zucchini and artichokes to zinnias, they aim to offer everything you need so your flower-picking and produce-shopping is done in one all-organic trip.

Looking for variety? This flower farm also carries a variety of flowers you can purchase and take some home. There are wildcats, show and tells and more. Filling your house with color is easy after a trip to this farm.

7924 SE Lake Rd.
Milwaukie
503-659-4169
Online: justysproduce.com

photo: Suzie’s Farm via flickr

Purple Hen Flowers and Herbs
Open everyday, this flora-loving haven has dahlias, sunflowers and glads ready to cut and take home. Check out their impressive selection of hanging baskets, heirloom vegetables and herbs and you’ll go home with a trunk full of luscious-smelling goods. U-cut flowers are just $0.25 per stem.

20345 SW Scholls Sherwood Rd.
Sherwood
503-318-2383
Online: purplehenflowers.com

The Pumpkin Patch
This Sauvie Island pumpkin patch has so much more to offer before the fall. They provide your flower-cutting supplies and their flowers are priced at $5-10 per bouquet or $12 per bucket. Give them a call in August to find out what’s blooming and save some time to shop the produce market and gift shop for… well, everything else you could possibly need.

16511 NW Gillihan Rd.
Sauvie Island
503-621-3874
Online: thepumpkinpatch.com

–Marianne Walters

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