Date Of Visit: July 22, 2017
Location: 473 Shetucket Turnpike, Griswold, CT
March 1 – October 30
Mon – Fri 12pm–9pm
Sat – Sun 11:30am–9pm
Parking: There are about 50 parking spots in the parking lot. When they are busy, you can park on the side of the busy street (as I had to)
Dog Friendly: Yes
Highlights: ice cream shoppe, sunflowers (seasonally), family friendly, cows
Website: Buttonwood Farm
Once the site of a dairy farm, Buttonwood Farm is so much more now. Not only do they have a sunflower garden with a maze and a famous ice cream shoppe, they also are the site of one of the more popular charity events each year.
Funny thing is I didn’t find one button the entire time I was there.
During my visit, the sunflowers were in bloom and Buttonwood Farm was holding a fundraiser for their Sunflowers For Wishes charity.
The dirt trails in the sunflower maze are easy to navigate. The path is only about half a mile long. Due to the showy outer ray petals of the sunflowers, bees and other insects, like this beetle, are attracted to the nectar and pollen.
In addition to the sunflowers, people (big and small) could ride their cow train or tractor tour. All proceeds, of course, went to the charity.
At the end of the sunflower maze, there is a hill on a short incline where you can view the sunflowers.
There were also some performers at the top off the hill. A man was playing music and there was a local painter, Jacqueline Jones, who was preparing to paint the sunflower garden.
Since it was a charity event, there were charitable organizations like the “Make A Wish” foundation. They had my dream car there!
The cows at Buttonwood are so docile and beautiful.
Sunflowers aren’t just for people. Dogs also like to walk along the sunflower maze.
Tunken (on the left) is an 8 year old Chocolate Lab mix and Duncan (On the right) is a 3 legged Harrier, fox and hound mix
Alie is a 12 year old Mini Pinscher.
Ian is a 5 month old Golden Retriever who is in training to be a service guide dog.
Below is a video of the maze at the sunflower garden. What struck me is, despite the large crowd that was there, how peaceful and quiet the place seemed. It seems like a wonderful place to go and just have some peace and quiet.
Today’s featured website is Jacqueline Jones’ Paintings From The Open Air. Jackie was painting a portrait of the sunflower garden during my visit. You can find her painting of the sunflower garden on her website.
Based out of New Haven, CT, Jackie specializes in painting the nature of the New England area. She also enjoys painting in other areas outside of New England such as the Colorado and New York areas. Jackie has also won a variety of awards and has studied with some of the accomplished artists in the New England area.