The Elkhart Rotary Club's signature fundraising event for the Wellfield Botanic Gardens

Wellfield Gardens

Join us at Wellfield Botanic Gardens on August 27th, 2016


If you are an artist who would like to be considered for a booth at Taste of the Gardens (or know someone else who might be), please fill out the Taste of the Gardens 2017 Artists Application by July 14th. The application must be returned to the Elkhart Rotary, PO Box 933, Elkhart, IN.

Looking back to last year
2016 Awards:
Winner – Best Expression of Wellfield Botanic Gardens:
Stefanie Buysse, Mishawaka IN – – Etched in Metal [2D Metal]
Winner – Best Booth Display:
Terri Blaising, Indianapolis IN – – Jewelry
Winner – Best Overall / Best in Show:
Cynthia Marks, Elkhart IN – – “Autumnal Pitcher” [Ceramics]
Thanks to our award sponsors for 2016:
D & W Inc
Welter Foundation
n.wirt Design & Gallery
And Special Thanks to our Judges:
Neil Boston
Steve Gruber
Randy Horst
Here the Artist Lineup for 2016
ADEC Painting & Pottery
Alyward, Carolyn- Indianapolis, IN Jewelry
Bash, Kerri – Argos, IN Watercolor
Bickel, Brad- McCordsville, IN Glass Jewelry
Blackburn, Anne- Mishawaka, IN Pottery
Blaising, Terri- Indianapolis, IN Jewelry
Blanton, Keith- Granger, IN Oil Painting
Boothe,Brian- Goshen, IN Acrylic
Bowsher, Gail- Goshen, IN Metal
Brumbaugh, Michael- Bryan, OH Blown Glass
Burbrink, Jessica- Goshen, IN Wire Jewelry
Buysse, Stefanie- Mishawaka, IN Jewelry/ 2D Metal
Chomyn, Joseph- South Bend, IN Pottery
Cook, Jo & Jim- Fremont, MI Copper
Cooper, Curtis- Elkhart, IN Photography
Cuson, Sandra- Mill Creek, IN Mixed Media
Fidler, Vicki- Goshen, IN Stained Glass
Gowdy, Bruce- Elkhart, IN Wood
Groth, Janet- Bridgman, MI Stained Glass & Copoper
Hess, Liz- Middlebury, IN Ceramics
Kaufman, Monica- Indianapolis, IN Jewelry
Kaufmann, Eric- Goshen, IN Crystalline Pottery
Keppler, Carol- South Bend, IN Pressed Flowers
Kessler, Brenda- New Ross, IN Metal Jewelry
Kyle, Beau- Elkhart, IN Glass
Lesczynski, Nancy- Mishawaka, IN Wire Jewelry
Photographers Guild- Goshen, IN Photography
Luna, Dwight- Elkhart, IN Oil Painting
Luna, Kelly- Elkhart, IN Acrylic
Mahaja, Sunday- Goshen, IN Metal
Marks, Cynthia-Elkhart, IN Ceramics
McDowell, Dean- White Pigeon, MI Wood
McIntyre, Robin- Elkhart, IN Repurposed Glass
Morris,Shelley- Elkhart, IN Pen & Ink and Watercolor
Nagy, Nancy- Elkhart, IN Cement
Petzke, Deby- South Bend, IN Polymer Clay
Dismas of Michiana- South Bend, IN Wire & Beads
Pickrell,Rose- Elkhart, IN Watercolor
Ridenour,Ellen- Elkhart, IN Encaustic Wax
Schrott,Robin- Goshen, IN Jewelry
Slater, Julie- Elkhart, IN Wire Jewelry
Stanage, Sonya- Elkhart, IN Jewelry
Thomas,Matt- Goshen, IN Wood/Metal Furniture
Vagis, George- Elkhart, IN Pen & Ink and Watercolor
Van Husan, Lynne- Elkhart, IN Metal,Ceramic
Vandtgriff,Earl- Granger, IN Photograpgy
Walters, Lynee- Indianapolis, IN Glass
Weber, Michael- Angola, IN Watercolor
Whisenhunt, Jerry & Penney-Huntington, IN Metal Sculpture
Yeoman,Laura- Union ,MI Wire Jewelry
Yoder, Kenton- New Paris, IN Acrylic


Artists – – 2017 Artists application is out!!

Hi Artists.. The application for Taste of the Gardens, Saturday, August 26, 2017 is now available. Please download the Taste of the Gardens 2017 – Artist Application and follow the directions on the application. Deadline – July 14th !!

Thanks to our 2016 Sponsors

$3000 D & W Inc $2500 Welch Packaging Group $2000 1st Source Bank First State Bank INOVA Federal Credit Union $1500 Navarre Hospitality Group $1000 BABSCO Supply Chiphone Federal Credit Union Cornerstone CPA Group, LLP Homan Lumber Mart, Inc. Indiana Trust & Investment Management Company STIFEL – The Elkhart Group $500 Collins & Company Crowe Horwath, LLP DJ Construction Elkhart General Hospital Insight Accounting Group J.A. Wagner Construction, Inc Kruggel Lawton CPA Mutual Bank Key Bank US Signcrafters, Inc. Artist Award Sponsors D & W …Read More

Award Sponsors and Judges

Award sponsors: Best Overall: The Welter Foundation Best Expression of the Gardens: D & W, Inc. Best Booth Display: n. wirt design & gallery Judges: Eric Amt Margaret McCarthy Steve Gruber

Taste of the Gardens media information

Take a look at our 2016 rack card – – print or share with others! Taste of the Gardens Rack Card For additional information or media inquiries, contact event committee co-chairs: Brian Housand – Eric Garton –  

Story of the Gardens

The Story of the Gardens The Elkhart Rotary Club conceived the Gardens as a community service project in 2002 to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Rotary International. Over two years, the Club worked with a community steering committee to research and develop the concept, interview landscape architects and raise funds to create a Master Plan for Wellfield Botanic Gardens. The project was officially handed over to the Wellfield Botanic Gardens Board of Directors in 2005 to begin implementation of the Master Plan, which envisages 25 …Read More