First Tulips and Tunes draws, entertains curious crowd (video)
Posted: 05/06/2012 at 1:15 am
By: Nick Wesman
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Ty Hammond, 7, walks around in the overgrowth at Wellfield Gardens in Elkhart looking for snakes to play during Tulips and Tunes on Saturday, May 5, 2012. (Truth Photo By Delayna Earley)
$PHOTOCREDIT_ON$Visitors enjoy the Wellfield Botanic Gardens during Tulips and Tunes on Saturday. $PHOTOCREDIT_OFF$
Truth Photo By Delayna Earley
A tulip in a garden during Tulips and Tunes at Wellfield Botanic Gardens in Elkhart on Saturday, May 5, 2012. Most of the tulips at the gardens bloomed too early to last until the event. (Truth Photo By Delayna Earley)
White-topped tents sat in the deep green grass, lining the walkways from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Gardens. They housed everything from garden accessories such as decorations, stone pavers and fertilizer, to food vendors, to the Elkhart County Historical Museum.
As patrons perused the displays that wound through the blossoming grounds, they were serenaded by Elkhart area musical talent. From one end of the park to the other, the sounds of violins and flutes mingled with those of guitars and oboes.
Other activities were available as well. Seminars were held throughout the event to address gardening challenges, share tips and inspire ideas. A face-painting booth was also set up for children, and periodically, a “dinosaur” or other animal would appear.
Though it was the first time the WBG has put on the event and despite the overcast sky, event volunteer Vic Lawson thought the first Tulips and Tunes was a success.
“Because this is the first time, there are things to iron out,” Lawson admitted. But though attendance numbers were not in, he thought the general reception from the community had been very positive because of the curiosity surrounding the event.
Lawson, whose wife Diana is on the Gardens' board of directors, said the plan is to make Tulips and Tunes an annual affair.
“I'm sure it's going to grow and become one of the most popular events in Elkhart,” he concluded confidently.