For the last 5 years a man in the Northwest suburban area of Minneapolis has been planting sunflower fields and made them available to the pubic, free of charge, just for the purpose of creating joy. He started with one field, and this year has (I think) 9. The plantings are staggered, so the fields bloom at different times throughout the summer. Each field is dedicated to a particular cause or group of people. This is so uplifting and was truly a bright and happy spot in a somewhat difficult summer. Hubby and I went last week. Here is a link in case you want to see more, or live close enough to visit for yourself.