Wellfield’s Youth and Family Programs

Stories in the Gardens

Stories in the Gardens will return in May 2021!

Wellfield Botanic Gardens provides the idyllic backdrop for ‘Stories in the Gardens‘, presented by the Elkhart Public Library. Bring a blanket and curl up to listen to a children’s story read out-loud by the staff of the Elkhart Public Library. It’s interactive family time in a gorgeous setting.

You’ll be directed to Stories in the Gardens when you enter at the Visitors Cottage; the location inside the Gardens may change from week to week.

Stories in the Gardens is included with Membership or Standard Admission (Free for Elkhart County residents on Tuesdays) and is currently scheduled for Tuesdays from 5:30-6 p.m. REGISTER HERE (link to be provided)


One Leaf Rides

Written by Celeste Mannis / Illustrations by Susan Kathleen Hartung

As we celebrate 2021: A Year of Peace at Wellfield, enjoy this book while you walk around our main promenade, and visit our Island Garden for inspiration!

Filled with lush illustrations, this counting book reveals both the pleasure and the tranquility of the Japanese garden, while introducing haiku poetry, with eleven poems that are simple and easy to follow. Follow along as the young girl explores the beauty of the garden, and discover the fun of haiku.

Kids of all ages will enjoy our 1/2-mile StoryWalk® around the Promenade Trail at Wellfield. The story is divided into numbered stations (numbered 1-17), mounted on purple posts, and follows a counterclockwise direction around the main Promenade Trail. Enjoy “reading” the book while you walk the Gardens, then take home your own copy after you visit our Gift Shop!

The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration the Kellogg Hubbard Library. Storywalk® is a registered service mark owned by Ms. Ferguson. Wellfield Botanic Gardens wishes to thank the Elkhart Public Library for their collaboration of bringing StoryWalk® to Wellfield for our guests to enjoy! Stories are changed out seasonally, and all StoryWalk® titles (current and prior, while they last) are available for purchase in our gift shop.


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  2. This is not the current storywalk title. The current bk is abt water. I left today without writing down the title or the author. They were out of the bk at the gift shop. I would like to purchase for my grandchild. Could you send the info to me? Thanks.

    We loved the gardens and the Story Walk. I had never experienced such. It really was a treasure hunt.


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