Pratt farmer plants 80 acres of sunflowers for wife of 50 years
PRATT, Kan. (KAKE)- Lee Wilson decided to farm a different kind of crop than he usually does this season, for a very special reason. August 10th will be Lee and Renee Wilson’s 50th wedding anniversary and to commemorate the occasion Lee got Renee an extremely floral gift.
“Well we’re celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary August 10th and you know what's a guy get his gal for the 50th? And I put a lot of thought into it and she always liked sunflowers. And I thought this is the year to plant sunflowers so I planted her 80 acres of sunflowers,” said Lee.
Just how many sunflowers is that exactly?
“There's about 1.2 million sunflowers in this field,” Lee said.
That is 15 thousand flowers per acre! Lee planted the field back in May secretly, with his son's help so his Renee wouldn't find out.
“It made me feel very special. It couldn't have been a more perfect anniversary gift than a field of sunflowers,” said Renee.
The pair has been together almost their whole lives and said it was love at first sight
“We met in high school. She couldn't date until she was 16, and I called her on her 16th birthday and that's when we started dating," Lee said. "Our first date was a roller skating party, an FFA roller skating party in Harper Kansas.”
The new Pratt sunflower field has drawn in people from all over Kansas to take pictures and experience the state flower in full bloom. But they don't intend to make it an every year thing.
“Oh it's been fun but I think one time is enough for us. It's somebody else's turn next year,” said Lee.
Sunflower season is short, so these flowers will only be picture perfect for another 10 to 14 days.
The field can be seen four miles east of Pratt on the south side of Highway 54.