Pansy Party and 100 Year Celebration

April 4th & 5th

It’s our annual spring kick off event! Join us in celebrating the new season and Van Wilgen’s 100th birthday! There’s something for everyone; food trucks, beer tastings from local breweries, make and takes, crafts, games, baby animals and of course, TONS of pansies!

This weekend long event is FREE and all are welcome!

Photos with the Easter Bunny

April 11th – 9:30 am – 11:30 am

It’s everyone’s favorite furry friend! Stop by the Garden Center for a meet and greet with the Easter bunny. Grab a photo with the kiddos and enjoy a sweet treat!

Butterfly Release

June 13th – 10 am – 11 am

Join us for one of our most popular events of the year! The fun starts at 10 am with a (faux) bug hunt and games and crafts for the kids.

Then, meet at the flag pole at 11 am for a reading of The Very Hungry Caterpillar followed by the release of 402 butterflies! Why 402? One for each year the Van Wilgen family has been in the nursery industry! Van Wilgen’s Garden Center is celebrating 100 years, but our roots go all the way back to Boskoop, Holland where it all started 402 years ago!

Children in attendance will go home with their very own Van Wilgen-grown plant to attract their own butterflies at home!

3rd Annual Flamingo 5K

October 4th – 8 am – 1 pm

Lace up your sneakers it’s time to run the farm! Join us for our third annual VW5K right here at Van Wilgen! Experience the exhilarating trails and farm roads of our 56 acre property. Sign up for our 5k Trail Run, 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk or our ¼ Mile Kids Run. It’s fun for the whole family!

The top three male and female finishers go home with awards, and all children who participate receive a medal.

All race proceeds go toward Leukemia and Lymphoma Society as well as the Smilow Cancer Hospital.  Join us to support a great cause! It’s amazing what we can do when we work together!

Photos with Frosty

December 5th-6th & 12th-13th

Our favorite snowy friend is stopping by the Garden Center! Come visit to say hello and snap a photo (perfect for your holiday cards).

Kids Klub & Cookie Decorating

December 5th – 11 am

It’s time for Kids Klub to meet again! Join us for a day of fun for the whole family! Get your photo taken with Frosty, enjoy the merry-go-round ride, play a game, or enjoy a hot cider.

Back by popular demand is our cookie decorating make and take. Registrants will get two 8″ cookies to decorate (a gingerbread man and sugar cookie tree) plus all the decorating supplies you need to create a masterpiece.

(Registration for this event is not yet open.)