Buttonwood Farms in Griswold, Connecticut is in full bloom!
(Taken from the Buttonwood Farms website)
In 2003 at the suggestion of a friend, we planted a one acre field of sunflowers. As they began to blossom, we learned that people were coming from many miles away to admire and photograph them.
We planted the sunflowers for people to admire their beauty and to compliment our rural environment. Although the flowers were beautiful, we had not thought about what we were going to do with them. When the blooms expired, we used them as feed for our cows. We felt that we could find a better use for the flowers, and in turn, have established the “Sunflowers for Wishes” fundraiser.
The fundraiser is to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Connecticut, a non-profit organization devoted to making wishes possible for children with life-threatening medical conditions.
In 2004 we planted 10 acres of sunflowers, providing approximately 300,000 blooms for your viewing pleasure. As the event has been so popular we will continue to plant 14 acres again this year.
Not only can you walk in and around acres of these sunflowers, you can also take a tractor “hay ride” around the property, or a “cow train” ride for kids of all ages. When you are all hot and tried, and have shot hundreds of images of the flowers (Ok, what are you going to do with all those pictures?) you can make your way up to the ice cream bar and have a scoop, or a cone of your favorite flavor.