Classes and Educational Programs

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An Evening with Kendall Brown – – Humanized Naturalism; Japanese Gardens as Therapeutic Spaces
Wednesday, August 5, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Member $20 / Public: $30

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Join us as we welcome noted author and Professor of Asian Art History, Kendall Brown for an evening at Wellfield, a part of 季節 Kisetsu: The Year of the Island Garden, celebrating the opening of our NEW Japanese-inspired “Island Garden”, a generous gift from Don and Jurate Krabill. 

Kendall Brown is Professor of Asian Art History at California State University Long Beach. He holds a Ph.D. in Art History from Yale University and an MA from UC Berkeley. He publishes actively in several areas of Japanese art as well as on Japanese-style gardens in North America. He has curated exhibitions for several American museums, exploring topics from modern woodblock prints to Art Deco. He is currently working on an exhibition of Japanese sheet music cover illustration for the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. He was a co-founder and past president of the North American Japanese Garden Association (of which Wellfield is an organizational member!), and is the author of three books on American Japanese gardens.

First, we’ll gather [socially-distanced, of course!] under the big tent in the Event Garden for complimentary refreshments and a visual presentation from Ken to learn how historic gardens in Japan were deeply social spaces. Learn the ways in which contemporary Japanese gardens in America and Britain are being used for health and wellness.

Then we’ll join Ken for an informal ‘walk and talk’ on our new Island Garden, discussing the features designed by Sadafumi Uchiyama, Garden Curator at the Portland Japanese Garden and renowned Japanese garden designer. You’ll learn about Japanese-inspired garden design and how features are interpreted in our space, as well as construction notes from our own Josh Steffen, Wellfield’s Horticulture and Facilities Manager and team leader for the onsite construction, care, and maintenance of the Island Garden over its development the past 6 years.

This is an exclusive opportunity to hear from an influential figure in the study of North American Japanese gardens. You’ll learn how these microcosms of nature shaped by centuries of Japanese tradition impact our lives and what role Japanese gardens fill in North America…including Elkhart, Indiana! 

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Did you miss one of our earlier online classes, or want to watch them again? Check out the videos now!


Introduction to Herb Gardening
Thursday, May 14, 1-2 p.m. 

Have you always wanted to grow a few herbs for seasonings or other uses? Join Wellfield Horticulturist Tammy Hopkins and Horticulture Manager Josh Steffen for an introduction to a whole other world of herb gardening.

This program has completed. Watch a recording of this class here


Basic Rose Care, with special guest Jon Weaver
**Virtual Class on Zoom**

Thursday, April 30, 1-2 p.m. 

Want to know what to do to grow beautiful roses organically? Join Wellfield’s Horticulture and Facilities Manager, Josh Steffen, as he discusses organic rose care with special guest Jon Weaver, a long time rosarian and former owner of Martin’s Pet and Garden. Registration required – the class is FREE, and space is limited.

This program has completed. Watch a recording of this class here


Little Sprouts – – Tuesday, May 5, 11-11:30 a.m.
Watch the recorded FACEBOOK LIVE event in our Facebook Videos.

Little Sprouts – – Tuesday, April 28, 11-11:30 a.m.
Watch the recorded FACEBOOK LIVE event in our Facebook Videos.

Join Environmental Educator Melissa Kinsey for this fun FACEBOOK LIVE session intended for kids and their adult. No registration required, just be sure to have your Facebook notifications ‘enabled’ for Wellfield Botanic Garden so you see when we’ve gone ‘live’ for the session. Of course the session is recorded and will be available later on Facebook to watch in recorded-form.


Vertical Gardening (What’s Up?) – **Virtual Class on Zoom**
Thursday, April 23, 1-2 p.m.

Don’t have much space to grow something? Why just grow horizontally when nature grows vertically too? Learn what’s up with growing a garden vertically during this ONLINE (Zoom meeting) class led by Wellfield’s Horticulture and Facilities Manager, Josh Steffen. Registration required – the class is FREE, and space is limited.

This program has completed. Watch a recording of this class here


Little Sprouts – – Tuesday, April 21, 11-11:30 a.m.
Watch the recorded FACEBOOK LIVE event in our Facebook Videos.

Join Environmental Educator Melissa Kinsey for this fun FACEBOOK LIVE session intended for kids and their adult. No registration required, just be sure to have your Facebook notifications ‘enabled’ for Wellfield Botanic Garden so you see when we’ve gone ‘live’ for the session. Of course the session is recorded and will be available later on Facebook to watch in recorded-form.


Composting 101 (Spread the Rot)**Virtual Class on Zoom**
Thursday, April 16, 1-2 p.m.

Horticulture and Facilities Manager Josh Steffen shares tips on setting up and using a compost pile to help your garden beds grow!

This program has completed. Watch a recording of this class here


Birding in Your Backyard – **Virtual Class on Zoom**
Tuesday, April 14, 1-2 p.m. 

Join this online session taught by Melissa Kinsey, Environmental Educator as she shares tips on backyard bird identification, info about feeders, which seeds attract which birds, bird calls, birding by season, and hazards including cats and local predators, as well as what birding can teach us about changes in our climate. 

This program has completed. Watch a recording of this class here


Joys of Seed Starting – **Virtual Class on Zoom**
Wednesday, April 8, 1-2 p.m. 

Want to learn to grow some food at home during this challenging time? You can! Join this online session taught by Josh Steffen, Horticulture and Facilities Manager. You’ll receive and overview of how to grow your own food from the word seed!

This program has completed. Watch a recording of this class here


For more information email info@wellfieldgardens.org or call (574)-266-2006 ext 105