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.

Fabulous Fall 2020

Elkhart County Symphony Garden Tour at WellfieldSunday, September 13, 4 – 6 p.m.
Wellfield is pleased to welcome the Elkhart County Symphony back! While they have been unable to perform, they have still been hard at work practicing, and we’re excited to hear what they have to offer! In order to provide this terrific event loaded with beautiful music safely during the pandemic, September 13th’s performance will consist of seven ensembles ranging from string quartets to woodwind and brass ensembles playing in multiple locations throughout the Garden, including the NEW Japanese-inspired Island Garden. Guests may tour the Gardens while enjoying the ensembles over two hours around the Garden’s Promenade Pathway.

Click HERE to purchase your tickets to the Symphony at Wellfield now!

Yoga Nidra / Guided Meditation Class
Thursday, September 17, 5:30-7 p.m.
Yogi Barb Naranche will lead us in yoga breathing and stretches followed by a guided meditation in celebration of the new moon. The meditation script will be based on moving toward fall, letting go and new beginnings. Chairs will be available for those who aren’t comfortable getting up-and-down from the ground. Barb will make sure stretches can be done on/with a chair.

Registration required.
Wellfield yoga punch cards honored.

Any questions, please email us at

Yoga in the Gardens – Wednesdays at 6 p.m., Saturdays at 11 a.m. – tickets available online or in our Visitors Cottage. Buy ahead and save! Member discounts apply.

Tsukimi / Moon Viewing FestivalThursday, October 1, 6-8:30 p.m.
Join us for an evening stroll in the Gardens as we celebrate the full moon and Kisetsu: The Year of the Island Garden! More details to follow!

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 Return, January through March 2021

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.

Spring Splendor 2020:

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!

Although we can’t celebrate in person, Wellfield will feature a variety of virtual programming throughout National Public Gardens Week May 8-17. 

Look for Facebook LIVE events daily, including: 

  • 12 p.m. Moment of Zen – – a gorgeous backdrop of sight and sound to accompany your lunch or just relaxing as if you’re at Wellfield 
  • 2:30 Wellness Walks – – let our staff show you around! We’ll be sharing a half-hour walk to show you what’s growing on at Michiana’s most beautiful location.

We’ll also be featuring a variety of online classes and virtual tours; see the lineup at

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 2020:

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

Wednesday Evening Bird Walks – Wednesdays at 4 p.m. July through September
Free with admission, registration is appreciated.

Yoga in the Gardens
– Offered Wednesdays and Saturdays through September.
Tickets available online or in our Visitors Cottage. Purchase in advance and become a member to SAVE $$!

Summer Evening on the Island Garden – Choose Your Date to Attend: Tuesday, July 21; Tuesday, August 18; or Tuesday, September 15. Please join us in celebrating this incredible new space while honoring all of our Annual Partners and Sponsors of Wellfield Botanic Gardens. Each Summer Evening on the Island Garden features exclusive access to Wellfield and the Island Garden, a full bar with cocktails/wine/beer/and sake, as well as Japanese-inspired passed hors d’oeuvres crafted and served by Navarre Catering and Events while exploring Wellfield’s most exciting new addition and learning about its authentic Japanese design features.

Groovin’ in Gardens Summer Concert Series  – one concert remains! Join us on August 20th for a relaxing evening of music from Q Sonic. Ticket sales are limited due to Indiana Back on Track Guidelines. Get your tickets early so you don’t miss out!

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.

An Evening with Kendall BrownHumanized Naturalism; Japanese Gardens as Therapeutic Spaces
Wednesday, August 5, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Member $20 / Public: $30 – 
Register Here

Join us as we welcome noted author and Professor of Asian Art History, Kendall Brown for an evening at Wellfield, a part of 季節 Kisetsu: The Year of the Island Garden, celebrating the opening of our NEW Japanese-inspired “Island Garden”, a generous gift from Don and Jurate Krabill. 

Taste of the Gardens – Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Taste of the Gardens 2020 has been cancelled. 😦

Summer Send Off Concert – Thursday, August 27th, 7 p.m.
Groovin’ in the Gardens was such a success, we’ve added one more concert to our summer events! Join us for one last hurrah with Small Paul and the Remnants. In order to follow Indiana’s Back on Track Guidelines, ticket availability is limited. We anticipate a sell-out, so
get your tickets fast-don’t wait until the day of, or you’ll be disappointed!


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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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