June’s Eventful

We know April showers bring May flowers (and more May showers, this year!), but what do May flowers bring? Pilgrims! Haha, old joke, and no – this is not Josh’s blog (that comes tomorrow)!

At Wellfield, May flowers bring gorgeous June blooms and, more importantly, June EVENTS! Now that you have turned another page in this year’s calendar, take a look at ours and see what you can fit in – we’ve got some great events coming up! No matter what your age or how varied your interests are, we’ve got something for you!

On the Health and Wellness side, our Yoga classes start this Saturday, June 3rd, and continue next Tuesday, June 6th. We also will feature Sunday afternoon classes this season; those begin on Sunday, June 25th. Click here to sign up, or click here for more information.

Do you want to know more about what is going on in the Gardens and how to use your membership most effectively? Join our Robert and Peggy Weed Executive Director, Eric Garton, at our Visitor’s Cottage on Thursday, June 8th from 7-8 pm for a Complimentary Membership Orientation and Update Session which will start indoors with refreshments and if weather allows, concludes with a tour outside. Registration is encouraged, and can be done by clicking here.

Are you an “early bird”? Join us on Saturday, June 10th at 8 am for our Second Saturday Bird Walk, led by Mary Kauffmann-Kennel. Mary’s walks are always peaceful and informative (for more about last month’s walk and the species spotted in the Gardens so far this year, click here). The walks are FREE with standard admission or membership. Registration is appreciated, but not required, and can be done by clicking here.

If you are seeking a reason to get dressed up and savor a gourmet meal paired with fabulous wines in a gorgeous setting, consider joining us on Thursday, June 15th for our premier gala event of the year: Summer Evening in the Gardens, where we honor our donors and volunteers. If you have not gotten your ticket yet, click here.

Need something to do with the little ones? Come to the Gardens on Tuesday, June 20th at 10 am for Lil Sprouts, where we will learn about when Caterpillars become Butterflies. So that we have enough supplies, we ask that you register by clicking here. If you can’t make it that morning, bring the kids out at 6 pm for Stories in the Gardens, presented by the Elkhart Public Library. Best of all, both programs are FREE!

For all you music lovers, we know you can’t wait until Thursday, June 22nd, when our 10-week concert series, Groovin’ in the Gardens, presented by Center for Hospice Care, kicks off. This year, we will feature local favorites such as the Whistle Pigs, Lalo Cura, and Paul Decker & the Real Deal, and will welcome back one of last year’s favorites, The Ragbirds. But more about that in future posts! Our first concert of the season will feature the Jazz Fest All-Stars. I know; we can’t wait either. Click the links for tickets for individual concerts and discounted season passes.

If art is what you seek, don’t forget – every day through this fall, you can enjoy our Quilt Garden, “Window to Waters” and our Seward Johnson sculpture, “Inner World, Outer World”, as well as our exhibit of local art, Sculpture in the Gardens: Heavy Metal, featuring John Mishler presented by the Elkhart County Convention and Visitors Bureau. The Quilt Garden is located just outside our Visitor’s Cottage, and the Heavy Metal sculptures are free with standard admission or membership to the Gardens. There are so many exciting things to see and do! As always, keep checking our website and our Facebook page for all the latest updates.

With all these different activities, there has to be something for you! See you at the Gardens!

-Nina Cunningham
Visitors Cottage Manager