季節 Kisetsu: The Year of the Island Garden

Wellfield Botanic Gardens is open daily, 12-6 p.m.

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!

After creating a thorough ‘Modified Visitation Plan’ that prioritizes the health and safety of guests, volunteers, and staff, Wellfield opened its doors to the public on Friday, May 22. 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’s spring beauty is as gorgeous as ever. Entering through the Visitors Cottage, guests will be greeted by friendly staff and volunteers wearing face coverings, positioned behind a desk with a clear acrylic barrier. In addition to more volunteers and staff onsite to safely interact with and inform guests of current guidelines, visitors will observe noticeable precautions in place throughout their experience that encourage ‘physical distancing’, a critical factor in reducing the spread of Coronavirus – – and a term the Garden’s leadership prefers over “social distancing”. 

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. 
  • Restrooms are currently closed. 
  • All drinking fountains are turned off.
  • Credit card transactions only. For admission pricing and membership options visit wellfieldgardens.org. Members receive free admission every day.
  • When approaching the Visitors Cottage, please maintain physical distance and wait until you are welcomed in by staff.
  • Face coverings must be worn when passing through the Visitors Cottage; consider wearing face coverings at all times in public as recommended by the Indiana State Department of Health and the CDC.
  • One person at the desk at a time (the rest of your party will be directed through the Visitors Cottage)
  • The main Garden path will be “one-way,” with a counter-clockwise flow.
  • Maintain at least 6-feet of physical distancing from others not in your household.
  • The Children’s Garden will remain closed until further notice.
  • Limited retail space access (staff or volunteers can assist with selecting items).
  • Do not congregate in the Visitors Cottage or around other garden structures.
  • Please check wellfieldgardens.org or our Facebook page for a complete list of guidelines and updates prior to your visit.

Wellfield would like to thank its valued members and donors for their continued support through the pandemic. Over 500 Members visited Wellfield for a special preview during Member Appreciation Week May 15 through May 21. 

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 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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