F.A.Q.s

What are the differences between a Botanic Garden and a city park?  
Botanic gardens are living museums. 
Botanic Gardens are botanically diverse, rather than simply aesthetic collections of plants that are actively curated by a professional staff. Efforts and programs are driven by a Mission which includes an emphasis on education and fostering an appreciation for the inseparable relationship between animals, plants and water. While a city park is also a valuable component in the community and may have diverse ornamental plantings cared for by staff, they are not always actively focused on enriching educational content, programming and events, or managing and improving guest experiences.  

Do tax dollars support the operations of Wellfield Botanic Gardens?
No.
Wellfield Botanic Gardens was founded in 2005 as a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization which derives all of its operating capital, development costs and endowment from private donations, user fees, annual memberships, private grants and earned income. Wellfield Botanic Gardens receives NO government or tax-based funding of any kind.

What is the relationship between the city of Elkhart and Wellfield Botanic Gardens?
The Wellfield Botanic Gardens property is owned by the City of Elkhart and the site is still an active well site for the city’s water (in fact, 70% of Elkhart’s drinking water comes from the well field!). Wellfield Botanic Gardens leases the property for the manner in which it is currently being used. Wellfield’s administrative offices are currently housed in an old Public Works Facility, located adjacent the Gardens at 921 North Main Street. Wellfield Botanic Gardens does not receive any monetary support from the City of Elkhart and is are funded entirely through private donations, user fees, annual memberships, private grants and earned income. Wellfield Botanic Gardens receives NO government or tax-based funding of any kind. Wellfield works closely with the City of Elkhart on projects that may have potential impacts on the well field and water operations to ensure that projects comply with all local, state, and federal environmental guidelines and policies.

What is the relationship between the neighborhood and Wellfield Botanic Gardens?
“Having a property close to Wellfield Botanic Gardens is an asset and a selling point. The Gardens have impacted my property with a higher property appraisal. Wellfield Botanic Gardens is a benefit to the entire community.” –  Levi King, property owner

Who funded the development of Wellfield Botanic Gardens?
Starting in the spring of 2003, the Elkhart Rotary Club worked with a steering committee to study the concept of the gardens, interview landscape architects and raise $235,000 from club members to create the Master Plan for Wellfield Botanic Gardens.

How is it funded now?
Wellfield is funded through private donations, user fees, annual memberships, private grants and earned income. Wellfield is a private, 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization and receives NO tax support.

Can we spread a deceased loved one’s ashes at Wellfield Botanic Gardens?
We do not allow spreading of ashes on our property. However we are in the early planning stages of a ‘Memorial Garden’, with interment of ashes being a possibility.
An option for creating a lasting memorial for a loved one is our Commemorative Paver program; click here for more information

What kinds of fish are found in the ponds and Christiana Creek here at Wellfield Botanic Gardens?
According to the City of Elkhart Aquatic Biologist [http://www.elkhartindiana.org/aquaticbiology] there are a number of species, including:

Common Carp (non-native)
Koi (non-native)
Golden Redhorse
White Sucker
Northern Hogsucker
Bluegill
Spotted Sucker
Redear Sunfish (non-native)
Black Crappie
Pumpkinseed Sunfish
Warmouth
Green Sunfish
Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Yellow Bullhead Catfish
Brown Bullhead Catfish
Channel Catfish
Brook Silverside
Common Shiner
Spotfin Shiner
Horneyhead Chub
Logperch
Grass Pickerel