The Seasons of Wellfield

NOTE: Wellfield is open with a Modified Visitation Plan – please keep checking here for updates on our evolving protocols, events, and programming.

Winter Wonderland, 2021

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, x105.

Weekly Wellness Walks Return in 2021!

Winter Wonderland Holiday Lights 2021
Returns November 26th, 2021 with ONE MILLION lights! Even bigger, even brighter in 2021!


Spring Splendor 2021:

First Saturday Bird Walks (return TBD)
Free with admission or membership.

Monday Evening Bird Walks (return TBD)
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”. 

All event activities are included with paid admission or membership.

National Public Gardens Week – Returns, May 2021
Wellfield Botanic Gardens is a proud Institutional Member of the American Public Gardens Association. National Public Gardens Day was created in 2009 to drive local and national exposure to the importance of building vibrant, relevant gardens committed to community enrichment and environmental responsibility through community engagement, sustainable practices and conversation. In 2019, National Public Gardens Day became National Public Gardens Week!

National Public Gardens Week Hashtag: #NationalPublicGardensWeek
Facebook: @NationalPublicGardensWeek, 
Short website:
Long website:

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 2021:

Quilt Garden  – On display May-September 2021

Wednesday Evening Bird Walks – Return Summer 2021
Free with admission, registration is appreciated.

Yoga in the Gardens
– Returns Summer 2021!

Summer Evening on the Island Garden – Returns Summer 2021!

Groovin’ in Gardens Summer Concert Series  – Returns June 2021!

盆栽 Bonsai Show – Returns July 31 – August 1, 2021. Bigger and better in 2021! Stay tuned for details, or email us at if you have questions about becoming a vendor or exhibitor.

Taste of the Gardens – Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Taste of the Gardens 2020 was been cancelled. We hope for it to return in 2021!

Fabulous Fall 2021

Wednesday Bird Walks – Return in 2021!

Weekly Wellness WalksReturn in 2021!

Veteran’s Day – November 11
FREE ADMISSION for Active and Retired Military, Open 12-5 pm

Thank you for your service!

Yoga in the Gardens Returns in 2021!

Elkhart County Symphony Garden Tour at WellfieldReturns, Fall 2021

Tsukimi / Moon Viewing FestivalReturns in 2021!

Monsters in the Garden – Returns in 2021!

Little Sprouts Returns in 2021!

Any questions, please email us at


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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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    • Hi Brenda,
      We offer free admission for retired and active Military on Veteran’s day, and caregivers of those with disabilities receive free admission. Are you an Elkhart County resident? Thanks to a generous grant from the Elkhart County Community Foundation, we offer free admission to Elkhart County residents on Tuesdays. Just present your ID at our Visitors Cottage for proof of residence. Hope this helps!


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