Wellfield Botanic Gardens, Elkhart

4.6
Our Mission:

We celebrate the inseparable relationship between water and life, inspire creativity and lifelong learning, foster stewardship of our natural world, and grow community.

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 Elkhart Rotary Club conceived the Gardens as a community service project in 2002 to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Rotary International. 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. Construction began in 2006 with the first earth-moving work to reshape and reconfigure the ponds.

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.
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  • I'm sort of surprised that I hadn't made it to Wellfield before this. The place is right up my alley and only 30-40 minutes from home. Since covid scrapped our trip to the Michigan U.P. this year...  more »
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  • Unbelievably beautiful. Worth visiting regularly as new plants and amenities are appearing all the time. Like the new children's garden donated by the Martin's. Besides the tree house platforms it has a huge sandbox and water canons in an idyllic setting. Even adults like it. The place is stunning. Perfect for outdoor weddings, strolls with one's lover, and contemplative times amid relaxing beauty. Go. Soon.
  • This is a small but nice garden. Pleasant walk around for a nice travel break. You can do it in less than 2 hours if you're just looking to stretch while traveling.

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