Taste of the Gardens – Artists 2020 – Cancelled

June 29, 2020

After thorough consideration and consultation with our Board of Directors, Volunteers, and Event Planning Staff, Wellfield is heartbroken to announce that we are cancelling Taste of the Gardens scheduled for August 23. From the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Wellfield’s priority has been the health and safety of staff, volunteers, and guests. The logistics and sheer numbers of people involved with Taste of the Gardens make the assurance of proper safety protocols unrealistic in the current environment. While disappointing, we know that cancellation is the responsible and clear decision.

We offer our sincerest apologies to the talented artists, restaurant owners, and musicians who have committed to this event. All artists’ fees will be refunded, and we are committed to promoting our local restaurants that have been so greatly impacted by the pandemic, in an alternative and safe manner.

For over a decade, the Elkhart Rotary Club has produced Taste of the Gardens, supporting the event tirelessly through volunteerism and enthusiasm. Additionally, Wellfield has greatly appreciated the financial support of so many local businesses and individuals through event sponsorship of ‘Taste’. We hope you will consider re-directing your support at Wellfield in a way that is meaningful to you or your business, while furthering Wellfield’s mission to celebrate the inseparable relationship between water and life, inspire creativity and lifelong learning, foster stewardship of our natural world, and grow community. We will be reaching out to you with opportunities in the days ahead.

Our goal remains creating a beautiful, enriching, and SAFE experience for everyone at Wellfield. For limited-capacity events such as Groovin’ in the Gardens Summer Concerts and Premier Arts productions including Disney’s Moana Jr and Mamma Mia!, Wellfield’s spacious 36 acres, wide pathways, and stunning landscapes are an ideal environment for social distancing between families and friends. Our ‘Modified Visitation Plan’ emphasizes the health and safety of guests, volunteers, and staff while allowing for enjoyment of the grounds, including Wellfield’s NEWEST themed garden space – – the Japanese-inspired “Island Garden”. For a complete listing of Modified Visitation Plan protocols and visitor information, please visit our website wellfieldgardens.org.

We look forward to seeing you in the Garden soon and we are already excited for planning Taste of the Gardens 2021!

-Eric Garton
Robert and Peggy Weed Executive Director
Wellfield Botanic Gardens

Are you an ARTIST interesting in displaying and selling your art at this year’s event? Here’s more information and an application. Deadline to apply is July 10.

Download a printable Taste of the Gardens 2020 Artist Application or complete online form and payment links below:

The Elkhart Rotary Club and Wellfield Botanic Gardens will celebrate the 11th Annual TASTE OF THE GARDENS fundraiser on Sunday, August 23, 2020, from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Last year’s event continues to build upon the success of past events, with thousands in attendance supporting Wellfield Botanic Gardens, a private, not-for-profit founded by the Elkhart Rotary Club in 2005 as a Centennial Celebration project for Rotary International. Since its founding, Wellfield has grown leaps and bounds and in 2019 welcomed over 50,000 guests through its gates for a variety of special events and programs, all supporting Wellfield’s Mission to celebrate the inseparable relationship between water and life, inspire creativity and lifelong learning, foster stewardship of our natural world, and grow community. We expect to build upon this momentum in 2020. This is a ticketed, public event featuring fine art, live music, local restaurants, and the beauty of Wellfield Botanic Gardens. We invite you to be a part of it!

To Apply as a Displaying/Selling Artist:
This is a juried art show; your completed application does not guarantee entry. Artists will be selected by the Artist Committee by submitting a minimum of 3 photos of your works for consideration. Deadline to apply: Applications must be received no later than Friday, July 24 to participate.

Selling your art:
Simple. You sell your art and keep 100% of your sales. Help us create a larger audience by sharing our event on social media, promote through your website, or simply by word of mouth. We highly recommend having the ability to take payments by credit card (i.e. Square® or similar app) as there is no ATM onsite. Please note Wi-Fi is not available, though major phone carrier signals including Verizon and AT&T are quite strong at Wellfield.

Artist awards, paid by check the day of the event:

  • Purchase Award #1: Best Expression of Wellfield Botanic Gardens – $500
  • Purchase Award #2: Best Overall – $500
  • Best Booth Display award: $100 prize

Judging will take place at 11 a.m. on the day of the event. Each booth may designate up to 3 works for judging by placing a Yellow Dot Sticker (provided by event volunteers) on the pieces you’d like to enter. Judges will judge at 11 a.m. and award ribbons will be placed on the winning pieces and best booth display. Winners names will be posted on a physical sign near the exit and acknowledged on social media and remain on the event website until the following year. Purchase Awards will be paid to the artists by check during the event. Please designate items that you value at $500 or less for the Purchase Awards as those will be donated to Wellfield Botanic Gardens. The Taste of the Gardens is intended to be a “Fine Arts” show; submissions that may be deemed otherwise by the Artist Committee will not be accepted. Examples may include jewelry assembled from bought components, items portraying logos or other commercial expressions, or any items that do not appear to be “one of a kind” or “hand-made” by the displaying artist. The Taste of the Gardens committee reserves the right to decline artists that do not meet these criteria. Thank you for your understanding.


After submitting the form above,  just two more steps:

  1. Email a minimum of 3 photos representing your work for consideration by the Artist Committee to info@wellfieldgardens.org. Please include
    Subject Line: [Your name] TASTE 2020 Art
  2. PAY ONLINE HERE or mail a check payment, payable to: Wellfield Botanic Gardens, to:
    Wellfield Botanic Gardens
    1011 N. Main Street
    Elkhart IN 46514

Once your artwork is reviewed by the committee, you will be notified of your acceptance; If accepted, you will be notified by the committee and provided further details about the event and your specific set up time that morning. If declined, your check will be returned to you (or refunded fully if paid online).

Remember, applications must be received no later than Friday, July 24

Questions? Reach the committee at info@wellfieldgardens.org or call 574-266-2006, ext 101

This Year’s Artists: Roster Coming Soon!


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