Sunflowers to raise money for Make-A-Wish

GRISWOLD, Conn. (WTNH)– It’s that time of year again. Fifteen acres of sunflowers are now in bloom at Buttonwood Farm in Griswold and those fields are open to visitors.

Missy Mason of East Lyme says “it’s a perfect day, blue sky, and lots of flowers blooming.

The farm plants the sunflowers for this annual fundraiser to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Duane Button has been doing this for eleven years. When asked how many sunflowers fill the fields he tells News8, “totally we have about 600,000.”

Last year he raised $100,000 for the foundation.

People are allowed to wander through the fields or hop on a hayride. There are also train rides for the children. Button says this year’s cool spring and cloudy weather posed more of a challenge but the flowers did bloom just in time. Allowing many to capture the experience with their cameras and on canvas.

Artist Vanessa Piche set up her easel in one of the walking paths.

“It’s a little challenging because you want to capture your emotional response to it and you know we are critical as human beings and you really want to make sure you’re doing it justice and getting you’re point across,” said Piche.

The fields will be open to visitors though the weekend and folks can leave with a bouquet of sunflowers which also helps raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

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