Annual Partnership Program and Sponsorship Opportunities

2023 Annual Partnership Opportunities

Reflecting on a successful 2022, we head into 2023 poised for progress on the the vision of Wellfield’s Master Plan and furthering our Mission for the community: to celebrate the inseparable relationship between water and life, inspire creativity and lifelong learning, foster stewardship of our natural world, and grow community. While our founders dreamed of ever-increasing attendance and community engagement, it’s unlikely many envisioned so much could be accomplished in such a short period of time. Wellfield set another total attendance record in 2022—over 75,000 guests—across programs including admission, education, private rentals, community partner and special events.

2022 highlights included:

  • Growing Community Partnerships – 2022 continued an upward trend of collaboration between organizations, nurturing existing partnerships and cultivating new opportunities including partnering with Elkhart Civic Theater, the Elkhart County Symphony, Community Foundation of Elkhart County, the Elkhart Rotary Club, Elkhart Public Library, the CVB’s Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail, and expanding our Winter Wonderland Holiday Lights Giving Tree Project to include even MORE local not-for-profit beneficiaries and partners.
  • NEW Event: Garden of Villains, a partnership with the Hall of Heroes Superhero Museum brought over 2000 guests to Wellfield over two nights October – – plans are underway to grow 2023’s event and create a new fall tradition for families and fans.
  • Winter Wonderland Holiday Lights grows even Bigger and Brighter – 2022 featured even MORE lights and new installations including a replication of our summer Quilt Garden design in lights! We’ve begun planning for our biggest show yet opening Friday, November 24, 2023.

As an Annual Partner, you’ll share in these accomplishments that further our Mission Your support makes a direct impact in our community. Through the vision of our Board, the tireless commitment of volunteers throughout the community, and the dedication of passionate staff, we are committed to making a difference in Elkhart and beyond.

Will you help us in making that difference for 2023?

We invite you to be a part of our vibrant, dynamic, and growing regional attraction. The momentum of previous years gives us tremendous enthusiasm for 2023: The Year of New Horizons (#NewHorizons) celebrating the true community treasure that Wellfield has grown to be. But as we know, a garden never stops growing. A garden is a dynamic and changing environment. We are putting our passions to work cultivating new projects, nurturing small sprouts of ideas to maturity, and fostering sustainable growth moving forward. We are always looking to the horizon.


Eric Garton | Robert and Peggy Weed Executive Director
Janet Evanega | 2023-2024 Chair, Board of Directors             

To partner or discuss options, contact Eric Garton, Robert and Peggy Weed Executive Director at 574-266-2006 or email info(at)

Please continue to help us thank our 2022 Annual Partners

Legacy Partner
Peggy Weed
The Robert and Peggy Weed Executive Director Chair Endowment

Evergreen Level—$25,000+ 
John Alter & Sueann VonGunten
Welch Packaging / Scott & Kim Welch

Tulip Poplar Level—$15,000+
Community Foundation of Elkhart County
Elkhart County Convention and Visitors Bureau

Oak Level—$10,000+
Center for Hospice Care
Doug Grant
Steven K. Haines
Navarre Catering & Events

Dana & Tom Pletcher
The Elkhart Truth – Media Partner

Sycamore Level—$5,000+
Stuart & Paula Barb

Patty Brotherson
Jordan Lexus of Mishawaka
Irene Lawson
MORryde International, Inc.

Puff Cannabis Company—Sturgis
Doug & Sharon Risser
Brian & Lauri Smith

Cottonwood Level—$2500+
Arkos Design
Tom & Dottie Arnold
Beacon Health System
Chiphone Federal Credit Union
DJ Construction
D&W, Inc.

Joel & Amy Duthie
Elkhart Rotary Club
Janet Evanega Rieckhoff & James Rieckhoff
Indiana Trust Wealth Management
INOVA Federal
Lake City Bank
Steve & Jane Poe
88.1 WVPE Radio

For more information about Annual Partnership opportunities, please contact Eric Garton, Robert and Peggy Weed Executive Director at (574) 266-2006 or email info(at) 

Wellfield Botanic Gardens was founded in 2005 and is 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.  

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