“The world is but a canvas to our imagination.”
-Henry David Thoreau
I have been the director at Wellfield Botanic Gardens for four months. Most assume I have a background in horticulture or public garden management to be in this position. I do not. Some have asked if I have a passion for gardening and landscape design. While I have a genuine appreciation for the artistry in these areas, I was not attracted to this role due to a deep-rooted passion for these topics. This, to me, is the beauty of this wonderfully complex organization – this place can inspire and attract a wide variety of people, for an even wider variety of reasons. Appreciating what this place offers our community goes much deeper than what meets the eye.
The beauty of our space speaks for itself. What is less obvious to the eye, but just as inspiring to me is the volunteerism, generosity, work ethic, community pride and overall sense of community that has built the most beautiful 36 acres of land in the entire Michiana region. Who could have predicted this space would exist in downtown Elkhart twenty years ago?
While we certainly aim to be a tourist attraction, attracting visitors from all over the region to visit our unique town, we are just as focused on being a relevant part of daily life in our community. We hope you’ll visit our gardens and enjoy watching us grow and mature in the coming years. Whether you are attracted to our new Waterfall Garden and Sensory Garden (both should be finished by summer), the many structures and art on display in the gardens, the new educational activities and programs being planned by our Education Coordinator (check out our new web site to learn about the upcoming programs and activities – including our Table to Garden Series that begins on Saturday, May 3), you enjoy visiting our gardens when we host special activities and events (such as our Mother’s Day at the Garden planned for Sunday, May 11), or you simply want to take advantage of the plant sale we'll be hosting Mother's Day weekend, there is truly something for everyone at Wellfield Botanic Gardens.
If you’ve never visited our gardens, we encourage you to take the time to explore what we have to offer this spring. National Public Gardens Day is just around the corner, on Friday, May 9. Visit www.nationalpublicgardensday.org to learn how you can help us celebrate. We look forward to seeing you in the gardens soon!