The Seasons of Wellfield

NOTE: Wellfield is currently closed due to Covid-19 restrictions, and all programming has been suspended. Please stay tuned, as we will update this page with information as we are able. To read a message from our Executive Director, or to help support the Gardens, please click HERE.


Immerse yourself in every season at Wellfield Botanic Gardens. Experience the unique events, diverse educational programs, garden exhibits, and seasonal gifts throughout the year at Michiana’s most beautiful location.

To view upcoming Educational programming, visit our Education Page.

Spring Splendor 2020:

First Saturday Bird Walks 
Registration appreciated, click
Free with admission or membership.

Monday Evening Bird Walks
TBD – September 28, 2020

Mondays, 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. – registration appreciated, please click HERE.

Free with admission or membership.
For more information on our bird walks, click here: Bird Walks

Hanami Festival

Hanami (花見, “flower viewing”) is the Japanese traditional custom of enjoying the transient beauty of flowers; flowers (“hana”) are in this case almost always referring to those of the cherry (“sakura”) or, less frequently, plum (“ume”) trees. From the end of March to early May, cherry trees bloom all over Japan. The blossom forecast (桜前線, sakura-zensen) “cherry blossom front” is announced each year by the weather bureau, and is watched carefully by those planning hanami as the blossoms only last a week or two!

In modern-day Japan, hanami mostly consists of having an outdoor party beneath the sakura during daytime or at night. In some contexts the Sino-Japanese term kan’ō (観桜, view-cherry) is used instead, particularly for festivals. Hanami at night is called yozakura (夜桜) “night sakura”. 

STAY TUNED FOR DETAILS of Wellfield’s Hanami Festival! 

All event activities are included with paid admission or membership.

CAPS Superhero 5K

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OrigamiintheGarden2 – On Display May 2-October 25 – – Click Here for Exhibit Information

Four Winds Garden Club Plant SaleMay 2

National Public Gardens WeekMay 7-17

Introduction to Volunteering – Open to anyone interested in learning more about being a volunteer at Wellfield. We have plenty of opportunities, whether you love to dig in the dirt, act as a greeter during our busy days and at our events, or help in our administrative office, there is something for everyone! Help us grow by attending one of these sessions – and bring a friend!

  • Upcoming dates TBD

Each session will be held at the Elkhart Health & Aquatics Center (enter through doors on the east end of the building). If you cannot make the first session, click “other dates” below that one. Registration is appreciated so we have enough materials for everyone.

For more information on volunteering at Wellfield, visit HERE or email

Sensational Summer 2020:

Quilt Garden – “Peace Crane” by Margaret Rolfe ©2003On display May-September 

First Saturday Bird Walks   8 a.m., April – November. Free with admission, registration is appreciated.

Monday Evening Bird Walks
5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Free with admission, registration is appreciated. Click HERE to register.

Yoga in the Gardens
Saturdays, June through September 9:15 a.m. – tickets available online or in our Visitors Cottage. Buy ahead and save! Member discounts apply.

盆栽 Bonsai Show – Saturday, June 6, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

A Summer Evening in the Gardens June 11 at 6 p.m.
Our premier party of the year! 

Groovin’ in Gardens Summer Concert Series  – Lineup is set, tickets on sale soon!

Taste of the GardensOur Sensational Summer Finale!
SUNDAY, August 23, 2020 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Are you an ARTIST interested in displaying/selling art? CLICK HERE FOR INFO and APPLICATION

Fabulous Fall 2020

Yoga in the Gardens – returns in 2020!

Scarecrow Picnic
Sunday, September 27, 2020

Monsters in the Garden
Saturday, October 17, 2020

Veteran’s Day – Wednesday, November 11
FREE ADMISSION Active and Retired Military, O
pen 12-5 pm

Winter Wonderland

Weekly Wellness Walks 2nd, 3rd, 4th Wednesdays at 12 p.m., January through March*

Sound of the Environment 1st Wednesday of the month throughout the year

Winter Wonderland Holiday Lights
Returns November 27, 2020 – even bigger, even brighter!

National Squirrel Appreciation Day – January 21 (Annually)
An unofficial holiday started by North Carolina wildlife rehabilitator Christy McKeown in 2001. Join us on Facebook for an engaging, interactive day of trivia, fun facts, and other squirrel-related antics from dawn til dusk, celebrating our furry friends.

Winter Celebration Day – returns, February 2021!

For more information or questions about our programs email or call 574-266-2006.





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  2. I heard about your winter events on the radio,,is it true that you have fire pits that the public can come out and enjoy ? if so can I please get some info about it,like times and days it will be going on..Thank you,Dave Geesaman Elkhart..

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