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

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 themed garden and event spaces, as well as a visitors center and guest amenities.

A 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization, Wellfield Botanic Gardens derives all operating capital, development costs and endowment from private donations, earned revenue, memberships and grants. 36 acres in size, half of which are water, Wellfield resides on a historical piece of property originally known as the “North Main Street Well Field.” The property has been a source of hydraulic energy and drinking water for the City of Elkhart since the mid-1800s. Wellfield Botanic Gardens has a long-term lease agreement with the City of Elkhart, which still owns and operates 13 active wells on the site, providing the majority of drinking water for the community.

The Mission of Wellfield Botanic Gardens is to promote the inseparable relationship between water, plants and animals; be a source for inspiration, creativity and education; foster a sense of responsibility and stewardship for the natural world; bring people together, attract visitors and build community; and provide a spiritual richness to life that is an essential part of being human.

Visit www.wellfieldgardens.org to learn more or to get involved!

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 – Brian@hbgagency.com Eric Garton – e.garton@wellfieldgardens.org  

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