• March 31
    11:00 am - 1:00 pm
    Easter Bunny & Candy Hunt
    Van Wilgen’s Garden Center, 51 Valley Road, North Branford

    Fun for kids!

    Meet the Easter Bunny and join us for a Candy Hunt

    Candy Hunt begins at 11am

    Easter Bunny will be here until 1pm

    Don’t forget your camera!

    (Candy hunt is first come first serve, and until supplies run out)

  • April 07 - April 08
    All Day
    van wilgen’s garden center, 51 valley road, north branford


    Our spring kick off party is in APRIL this year!

    Join us in celebrating pansy season with a party in the greenhouse all weekend long!

    Fun for everyone~

    Food Trucks : Caseus Grilled Cheese Truck, Sugar Cupcake Truck, Fryborg, The Cannoli Truck, 744 Express

    Beer Tastings: Stony Creek Brewery, Black Hog Brewery, Thimble Island Brewery


    Baby Animals

    Kids Klub games & crafts

    check back  often as we add more fun to the Pansy Party!

  • October 07
    9:30 am - 1:00 pm
    Van Wilgen's Flamingo 5k Run/Walk
    Van Wilgen’s Flamingo 5k Run/Walk
    Van Wilgen’s Garden Center, 51 Valley Road, North Branford

    This is a 5K Run/ 5K Walk and 1/4 mile kids race held entirely on the trails and farm roads of the 56 acre, family owned farm  at Van Wilgen’s Garden Center in North Branford. All registration and more information is through our race management company Click Here

    8:00 AM  Day of Registration Opens

    9:30 AM  Kids Race (Kids 5 and under)

    10:00 AM Run/Walk Start

    T-Shirts guaranteed for everyone registered online by September 24th

    Awards for the top three male and female finishers

    100% of race proceeds benefit two charities that are near and dear to our hearts.  Bill Van Wilgen is a male breast cancer survivor as well as a Leukemia survivor.  Van Wilgen’s has facilitated many fundraising events where we have been able to contribute or donate to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society as well as the Smilow Cancer Hospital. We are very proud of our community that we can come together and garden for the cure. Because of the Flamingos and Pink Weeks, we have been able to donate a total of $54,459.00! Let’s do this again in 2018!

    We are still overwhelmed by the outpouring of support for our Pink Weeks Flamingos.  It seems as though everywhere you turn, there’s a flamingo on someone’s lawn! What a huge success this was and we are so proud to move forward with the Flamingo Fund and  host the Flamingo 5K fundraiser on our 56 acre family farm.

    Wow, isn’t it amazing what we can do when we work together!​