2021: The Year of Peace

We’re proud to announce our official theme for 2021: The Year of Peace. Our Winter Wonderland season highlights Embracing Peace as we emerge to a new year filled with potential, opportunity, and special events and activities that exemplify Peace.

Wellfield Botanic Gardens is now in our ‘Winter Season’ hours, open Saturday-Sunday, 12-5 p.m. We are closed Monday-Friday from Jan 1 – March 31. If pathway conditions are dangerous, we reserve the right to close. Please check our Facebook page or call before coming out on a snowy day!

Here’s what you can expect when you arrive! (updated 1-20-21)

In accordance with state orders and local mandates, a ‘Modified Visitation Plan’ remains in place at Wellfield that prioritizes the health and safety of guests, volunteers, and staff while allowing for enjoyment of the grounds.

Wellfield’s spacious 36 acres, wide pathways, and stunning landscapes are an ideal environment for social distancing between families and friends. While the guest entry experience may look and feel a little different, you’ll discover that Wellfield is more gorgeous than ever!

After parking, approach the Visitors Cottage. You will be greeted by friendly staff and volunteers wearing face coverings. They will invite you inside and manage the foot traffic through Visitors Cottage to ensure social distancing is occurring in the tight space.

The Modified Visitation Plan includes the following guidelines in place for the health and safety of all guests, volunteers, and staff:

  • From January-March, Wellfield is open for general admission Saturday-Sunday from 12-5 p.m. (weather permitting), closed Monday-Friday. 
  • When approaching the Visitors Cottage, please maintain physical distance and please wait until you are welcomed inside by staff.
  • Face coverings must be worn indoors (including the Visitors Cottage and Garden restroom building) and outdoors when physical distancing is not possible as mandated by the State of Indiana Executive Order 20-43 and our Elkhart County Health Department.
  • Credit card transactions only. For admission pricing and membership options visit wellfieldgardens.org. Members receive free admission every day.
  • One person at the desk at a time (the rest of your party will be directed through the Visitors Cottage)
  • Restrooms are closed, drinking fountains are off.
  • Maintain at least 6-feet of physical distance from others not in your household-stay to the right on paths to allow others to pass.
  • Our gift shop is open! Access is limited by social distancing. Please shop with your eyes first.
  • Refer back to this page for updates as restrictions change.

Wellfield will evaluate the current health guidelines, along with recommendations from public health officials, on a weekly basis when determining any changes to our operations. To stay up to date, get social with us at:

We appreciate your support. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us at info@wellfieldgardens.org or 574-266-2006, ext 105. And thank you for doing YOUR part in making our community a wonderful and safe place to live, work, and play.

Eric Garton
Robert and Peggy Weed Executive Director
Wellfield Botanic Gardens

Immerse yourself in every season at Wellfield Botanic Gardens! Experience the unique events, diverse educational programs, garden exhibits, and seasonal gifts throughout the year at Michiana’s most beautiful location.

Coming April 24! Wellfield hosts OrigamiintheGarden2 (OiG2), presented by the Community Foundation of Elkhart County. OiG2 is a traveling art installation featuring 21 unique sculpture pieces creating 17 unique displays around Wellfield’s 36 acres. It will be on display April 24 through October 17. For full exhibit details click here.

Thanks for visiting our webpage; like our Facebook page, follow us on Instagram or Twitter, email us at info@wellfieldgardens.org, or give us a call at 574-266-2006, x105 to reach our Visitors Cottage with questions.

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Consider an Annual Membership to enjoy Wellfield throughout the year! 

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