季節 Kisetsu: The Year of the Island Garden

Wellfield Botanic Gardens is open daily, 12-6 p.m.
Here’s what you can expect when you arrive!
(updated 6-30-2020)

A ‘Modified Visitation Plan’ emphasizes the health and safety of guests, volunteers, and staff while allowing for enjoyment of the grounds, including Wellfield’s NEWEST themed garden space – – the Japanese-inspired ISLAND GARDEN – – Now open to the public!

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, 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. 

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

  • Wellfield is open daily from 12-6 p.m. 
  • When approaching the Visitors Cottage, please maintain physical distance and wait until you are welcomed in by staff.
  • Face coverings must be worn in the Visitors Cottage and in our Garden restroom building and outdoors when physical distancing is not possible, as mandated by the 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)
  • Family Restroom in the Garden restroom building is open for general admission. Restrooms are open/available during special, ticketed events and sanitized regularly.
  • All drinking fountains are turned off.
  • Maintain at least 6-feet of physical distancing from others not in your household-stay to the right on paths to allow others to pass.
  • The Children’s Garden is open! All high-touch surfaces are sanitized throughout the day.
  • 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 guidelines, along with recommendations from public health officials, on a weekly basis when determining changes to operating hours or updates to guidelines. To stay up to date, get social with us at:

We greatly appreciate your support, understanding, and patience. 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.

Resized_Eric_Garton_at_WellfieldEric 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.

季節 Kisetsu: The Year of the Island Garden 2020

To celebrate the opening of our newest themed garden, the Japanese-inspired “Island Garden”, a generous gift from Don and Jurate Krabill, Wellfield Botanic Gardens is dedicating 2020 to highlighting Japanese culture and its many artistic contributions to the world through a series of special events, drop-in activities, and class offerings.

Coming in 2021! 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 May-October, 2021.

“Kisetsu” translates to season or time of year. Each of our four seasonal shows (Spring Splendor, Sensational Summer, Fabulous Fall, and Winter Wonderland) speaks to the elements of seasonality and the Japanese concept of mono no aware, a sensitivity to the ephemeral or impermanence of all things.

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