Sunflower Festival!

Every year, Buttonwood Farm throws their annual Sunflower for Wishes Festival to raise money for the Make-a-Wish Foundation. In July, we drove to the Eastern border of Connecticut to see the thousands of sunflowers for our very first time. We were absolutely blown away by the field of yellow that greeted us!

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How amazing! Have you ever seen this many sunflowers at once?!

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Sunflower fields bring me back to sophomore year of high school, when I took Introduction to Painting. Our first assignment was to paint a field of sunflowers using watercolors! I still remember the colors we used: burnt sienna, raw umber and some sort of yellow. Was it yellow ochre?

Buttonwood Farms Sunflower Festival, Griswold, Connecticut

Anyhow, that painting was probably trashed or lost in a closet somewhere, hahaha.

Buttonwood Farms Sunflower Festival, Griswold, Connecticut

I love testing his patience by squeezing him into small spaces. He’s a good sport. Not to mention, adorable.

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Sunflowers were handed out by the bundle with an encouraged donation of $10.00. Otherwise, their sunflower field was free to roam and photograph. (Thank you, Buttonwood!)

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Once the festival is over, they let their cows loose in the field to eat all the sunflowers. How a’moosing!

Buttonwood Farms Sunflower Festival, Griswold, ConnecticutSunflower close upField of Sunflowers at Buttonwood Farm in Griswold, ConnecticutCow tractor ride at the Sunflower Festival in Buttonwood Farms, Griswold, Connecticut

Buttonwood Farms offers hay rides through the sunflower field for a small fee, but we were more interested in their adorable train of cows! This time around, we passed on the opportunity, since we felt too old. But maybe someday, when we have kids, we can enjoy the cow train with them!

Kim and Dan at Buttonwood Farms Sunflower Festival in Griswold, Connecticut 2017

As you can see, there were so many photo opportunities at the Sunflower Festival. The hardest part is deciding which to make my next profile picture! While the next event for 2018 hasn’t been advertised yet, you can expect the festival to take place around the last two weekends of July in Griswold, Connecticut. In the meantime, you can visit their farm for homemade ice cream and their corn maze!

What is your favorite type of flower?

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84 Comments

  1. August 28, 2017 / 1:23 pm

    that’s incredible!!!!
    -Rachel

    • October 28, 2017 / 8:44 am

      Thanks Rachel! We have never seen so many sunflowers at once!

  2. August 28, 2017 / 2:01 pm

    What a cool festival. I’ve never seen so many sunflowers before, and your photos came out so cute! You guys are so photogenic. Especially that close up of the center! I think I’ve imagined the center of a sunflower incorrectly. XD

    • October 28, 2017 / 8:45 am

      Thanks Kimmy! This was our first time at a sunflower field and it was truly an amazing experience!

  3. August 28, 2017 / 2:09 pm

    OMG! This is adorable! Those sunflowers look amazing, and you and Dan look so cute! I love your dress, it looks perfect! I absolutely love farm festivals, and supporting Make a Wish is so fantastic! I absolutely loved all of your pics!

    I hope you both have had a lovely Monday!
    Michael
    https://www.mileinmyglasses.com

    • October 28, 2017 / 8:46 am

      Aw thanks Michael! What a sweet comment you’ve left us.

  4. Keri Elaine
    August 28, 2017 / 3:16 pm

    I love everything about this post. 🌻 are my favorite flower and Make-a-Wish is such a wonderful charity!

    https://kerielaine.com
    Keri Elaine

    • October 28, 2017 / 8:46 am

      Thanks Keri! Who doesn’t love sunflowers? We loved that this place worked with Make-a-Wish. Makes it all the more better of a visit!

  5. August 28, 2017 / 6:45 pm

    You look so happy in those shots! It looks absolutely stunning there.

    I think it is very cool that they have made it a festival and that it is easily accessible for photo ops! (I was wanting to visit some sunflowers this summer, but alas it might have to be next year (it is a 5 hour drive away). I was going have to tresspass haha)

    nat // dignifiable

  6. August 28, 2017 / 6:45 pm

    Ahhh oh my god I need to go to this.. it looks like so much fun! I am so impressed with your blog too by the way, your hard work really shows with it! x

    adelelydia.blogspot.com

  7. August 28, 2017 / 9:09 pm

    what a fun philanthropic cause! we have sunflower fields near where I live as well, but I’ve never been. next year!

  8. August 28, 2017 / 9:47 pm

    WHAT?! This is both insane and crazy BEAUTIFUL! We would die over something like this. Your photos are gorgeous!

  9. August 28, 2017 / 10:29 pm

    OMG what a stunning place! You two are the cutest and the most perfect couple! Love your photos together! These sunflowers are beyond beautiful! Thanks for sharing these happy photos!
    Have a wonderful week!
    Much love, Len
    http://www.lenparent.com
    XO

    • October 28, 2017 / 8:47 am

      Aw SUCH a sweet message, Len! Thank you so much!

  10. August 29, 2017 / 3:20 am

    Those pics are beautiful! And your dress is the perfect outfit, love it! I also love sunflowers fields as you can see them in the early summer in France or Spain… And it’s cool to be able to walk in them <3
    Kisses,
    Carolina

    • October 28, 2017 / 8:48 am

      Thank you Carolina! I bet the sunflower fields in France and Spain are amazing! Would love to visit there someday.

    • October 28, 2017 / 8:48 am

      Thanks so much, Kris!

  11. August 29, 2017 / 5:15 am

    These photos are so cute! What an adorable field and incredible view. Wow! So glad I stumbled across your blog x
    Abby – http://www.seafoaming.com

    • October 28, 2017 / 8:49 am

      Aw thanks Abby!

    • October 28, 2017 / 8:49 am

      Same here! It was our first time and we were so happy to stumble upon this field!

  12. August 29, 2017 / 8:34 am

    WHAT A PRETTY PLACE!! I visited a similar garden when I was in Taiwan and loooved taking pictures. 🙂

    • October 28, 2017 / 8:49 am

      Flowers make everything so joyful looking, don’t they? I bet the one in Taiwan was amazing!

  13. August 29, 2017 / 10:19 am

    Oh wow!! This looks so beautiful!!

    Alya / moorizzla xx

    • October 28, 2017 / 8:49 am

      I know, right?!

    • October 28, 2017 / 8:49 am

      Thank you Heather!

  14. August 29, 2017 / 12:00 pm

    Sunflowers are my favorites so naturally, I love this post! I’m so jealous you and Dan got to go to a sunflower festival/field – I’ve been itching to go to one but I always either plan to go too early or too late. Thanks for sharing this awesome post, Kim!

    cabin twenty-four

    • October 28, 2017 / 8:50 am

      Visiting sunflower fields are so tricky to plan out! We were lucky to arrive just in time! Thanks for your comment, Eena!

  15. August 29, 2017 / 12:03 pm

    This event looks like so much fun! I love that it has paths through the flowers! Makes getting right amongst them easier. We have a large field here, but you have to wade your way through to get to the flowers and my spider phobia takes over haha!

    Brooke
    pumps and push-ups

    • October 28, 2017 / 8:51 am

      Oh boy. We didn’t see any spiders in the field, but that doesn’t mean they weren’t there! I bet your fields are just as pretty though! Hope you enjoyed your summer!

    • October 28, 2017 / 8:51 am

      Aw thank you Quinn!

  16. August 29, 2017 / 11:27 pm

    This is awesome! Sunflowers are my most favorite flower. I also really like your dress. 🙂

    • October 28, 2017 / 8:51 am

      Thanks Britney! Sunflowers are so pretty. Who wouldn’t like them?

  17. August 30, 2017 / 8:45 am

    I love your photos and I haven’t seen so many sunflowers, they are so perfect and the yellow colour makes me so happy! x

    Yiota
    PinkDaisyLoves

    • October 28, 2017 / 8:52 am

      Thanks for visiting my blog, Yiota! And I agree, yellow is such a bright and happy color!

    • October 28, 2017 / 8:52 am

      Thanks Mahryska!

  18. August 30, 2017 / 11:44 am

    Sunflowers are so pretty! 😀 Uhm, are you allowed to pick some?

    Angelie

    • October 28, 2017 / 8:53 am

      You can get a bundle of sunflowers for a small donation which goes to the Make-a-Wish foundation!

  19. August 30, 2017 / 11:55 am

    This looks like an absolute dream! There really is nothing as beautiful as nature. You always take beautiful photos, and I am in love with your dress! x

    x Kara | http://karascloset.net/

    • October 28, 2017 / 8:53 am

      Thank you, Kara! The dress is from Lulus!

    • October 28, 2017 / 8:53 am

      Definitely!

    • October 28, 2017 / 8:53 am

      Omg hope you have fun!

    • October 28, 2017 / 8:54 am

      Thank you! The sunflowers were so perfect and photogenic!

  20. Sally
    August 30, 2017 / 7:04 pm

    Beautiful photos, love checking out your blog!

    • October 28, 2017 / 8:54 am

      Thank you so much, Sally! So happy to have you here.

  21. August 30, 2017 / 7:08 pm

    Omg this is so beautiful. Love the dress you wore and the photos you two took! I wish there was a sunflower festival near me 🙂

    Enclothed Cognition

    • October 28, 2017 / 8:55 am

      Thank you so much! And you should do some research! Maybe there is a field near you.

  22. August 30, 2017 / 11:02 pm

    I’ve never heard of this and I grew up in Connecticut! Definitely need to put this on my list of places to visit.

    xo Logan
    https://peculiarporter.com

    • October 28, 2017 / 8:56 am

      You should definitely visit this festival in July if you’re ever back in Connecticut!

  23. August 31, 2017 / 12:01 am

    What a lovely place. You guys looked like you really had a blast. I love your maxi dress by the way, especially the crochet details.

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

    • October 28, 2017 / 8:56 am

      Thanks Jessica! The crochet details are my favorite part of the dress too!

  24. August 31, 2017 / 12:21 am

    What an amusing experience could this be. I feel excited getting a bunch of sunflowers how much more thrown into a field of sunflowers 🙂 This is such a cute post, I enjoyed reading it!

    http://www.busyandfab.com

    • October 28, 2017 / 8:56 am

      Thanks so much Mercy! This was an amazing experience amongst the field of sunflowers!

  25. August 31, 2017 / 4:41 am

    Omigosh! I absolutely love these photos and I have to show these to my best friend! She LOVES sun flowers! You look so happy and that maxi dress suits you so well 🙂 Have a wonderful week! xo, Vivian

    http://www.viviantse.net

    • October 28, 2017 / 8:57 am

      Thank you for your sweet comments, Vivian! I hope your best friend enjoys my photos! She has good taste because sunflowers are my favorite as well.

  26. Anonymous
    August 31, 2017 / 4:43 am

    Lovely photos! My family went to a sunflower farm last fall. They are my favorite flower.

    • October 28, 2017 / 8:58 am

      That’s awesome! Hope you enjoyed your time last fall!

  27. August 31, 2017 / 4:46 am

    Wow, the perfect photo shoot location! You look lovely in this dress~

    Vivian | LIVE . IN . LOVE

    • October 28, 2017 / 8:58 am

      Thanks Vivian! Definitely a great photo opportunity that I wouldn’t want to miss!

  28. August 31, 2017 / 8:10 pm

    Oh, I never thought I wanted to visit Connecticut but for that festival I might have to make a trip out there! How beautiful! 😍

    • October 28, 2017 / 8:59 am

      I love living in Connecticut but that is because I have never lived elsewhere before. Perhaps there is a sunflower festival near you!

  29. September 1, 2017 / 10:55 pm

    All of those sunflowers look so beautiful!!! I’m always fascinated on how sunflowers produce sunflower seeds XD. You and Dan always look 150% gorgeous in all of your pictures. All of your pictures have some great aesthetics. For the little fee, the experience is totally worth it! I love pink lilies :).

    https://exquisitely.me

    • October 28, 2017 / 9:00 am

      Thank you so much, Nancy! I haven’t seen any pink lillies around yet so I will have to keep my eyes open for them! They are gorgeous flowers too!

    • October 28, 2017 / 9:00 am

      We thought so too!

  30. September 4, 2017 / 6:54 am

    OMG this looks so whimsical. You guys should have grabbed the chance and did a prenup shoot! I love sunflowers – they’re just so damn expensive!

    • October 28, 2017 / 9:01 am

      Thanks Teesh! My mom grows sunflowers in her backyard so we just steal the flowers from her instead of paying for them hahah!

  31. September 4, 2017 / 7:57 am

    That place looks incredible! I have never seen so many sunflowers in one place. So photogenic and beautiful place 😍💕

    Heidi ✨ | Heidi’s Planner

    • October 28, 2017 / 9:02 am

      Same here! We were so happy to visit our first sunflower field together. Truly an experience!

    • October 28, 2017 / 9:02 am

      I think they have this festival every year!!!

  32. September 4, 2017 / 11:47 pm

    Oh my goodness, this looks like so much fun! What a wonderful festival. XO, Ellese

    Rock.Paper.Glam.

    • October 28, 2017 / 9:16 am

      Thanks Ellese!

    • October 28, 2017 / 9:16 am

      You should try to visit next year!

  33. September 6, 2017 / 5:38 pm

    What a beautiful place! looks amazing

    • October 28, 2017 / 9:16 am

      Thank you!

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