1 farm. 1 million sunflowers. Located an hour west of #Toronto in #Hamiton, Ontario, Bogle Seeds Farm is incredible! If you're in the area, drop by. Quickly. These last for a very limited time and won't be seen like this again until '21. #Travel #hamont pic.twitter.com/4l6cv7dWjZ— Jim Bamboulis (@travelmammal) July 26, 2018
The Bogle farm has allowed people to take photographs in their garden filled with a million-and-a-half sunflowers for several years, but they won’t be doing it again anytime soon.
The Bogle's sunflower farm has more than 1.6 million sunflowers planted on the land and was offering the garden to the public for taking pictures or simply taking a stroll among the scenery for $7.50.
#SunflowerField #Farm #Sunflower #BogleSeeds #?? #Hamilton I’m sure by now we have heard about the shutdown of Bogle Seeds farm for the season (sunflower field farm) due to people… https://t.co/sz0i8aX2GG— Anh (@HangryFoodies) July 31, 2018
WOOOWW THEY CLOSED THE BOGLE SEEDS SUNFLOWER FARM BC YALL DONT KNOW HOW TO RESPECT THEIR FLOWERS AND ONLY CARE BOUT GETTING PICS FOR THE GRAM, IM MADDD ??????— §amantha. (@sammiee__b) July 31, 2018
Things commenced beautifully for several days until people started to arrive at the farm in mass numbers. The farm only has around 300 parking spaces, but more than 7,000 cars overran the parking lot on Saturday.
The overabundance of vehicles caused chaotic traffic jams with people parking on the side of the highway or anywhere they could. The police had to assist in removing people from the area and recommended that the Bogles close down for tourists.
Barry Bogle owns the farm and said that sunflowers are susceptible to disease, noting that a broken leaf or plant is all it takes to leave a plant vulnerable. He said people were trespassing and sneaking in without paying and destroying flowers. One person even entered with some poison ivy.
"We could lose our whole entire crop...,” he said.
The farm will remain open for people buying wild bird seed, but the sunflower garden is closed. Some people who were turned away were angry with the Bogles and even threatened to fight the farmer.
The fact that people can descend on a farm so full of beauty and destroy it in a matter of hours speaks to the lack of civility infecting society today. It is a shame that the naughty bunch ruined it for the rest of the people visiting the farm. Hopefully, the Bogles will be able to contain the damage.
Banner/thumbnail photo credit: REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol