• June 09
    11:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Butterfly Release
    Butterfly Release
    Van Wilgen’s Garden Center, 51 Valley Road, North Branford

    Van Wilgen’s Kids Klub Butterfly Release!

    Join us Saturday June 9th

    at 11 am for a Kids Klub bug hunt and paint your own butterflies

    at 12 noon we will release over 100 Butterflies

    Each child will go home with a Dwarf Van Wilgen Grown Butterfly Bush

    Note* Butterflies arrive at Van Wilgen’s in a chilled state, we put them in a release container to wake them up for the release into the nursery. If the temperatures are to hot we may need to release the butterflies before noon so they will be safe. Please stay with the Kids Klub to hear announcements and enjoy the butterflies.

  • 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!​