Wellfield Botanic Gardens, Elkhart

4.6
#3 of 13 in Things to do in Elkhart
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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  • These gardens have wonderful diversity. Plants are beautifully displayed and grounds and beds are well maintained. Thoroughly enjoyed our visit!  more »
  • Beautiful Gardens in Elkhart. I brought my kids to explore and have a little fun over summer break. I wish I would have bought a membership, because they can’t wait to go back. The Children’s Garden i...  more »
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  • Friendly, informative, lots of nice books on butterflies, & gardening. Classes available on beekeeping. Reciprocal membership with other similar gardens (as the one in Hershey Park in Pennsylvania) That would pay for your admittance; or, it's free on Tuesdays here. Pleasant bathrooms. Check hours, online. IDK if you can do weddings here, but looks like a great place for one.
  • Very beautiful lighting. We've been trying to get there for the last couple years and just have not made it but we finally got there this year. We're going to try to go back when it's covered in snow because it would be even more beautiful. I love the fact that they support local charities with proceeds and that they have music and live caroling. Great experience. The husband and I both enjoyed it very much

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