ELKHART — The Wellfield Botanic Gardens began charging admission on Wednesday, May 1, and will hold its first big event of the spring and summer season this weekend.
The Spring Marketplace, replacing the Tulips and Tunes events, will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 4.
“We changed the name partly because last year showed us we cannot count on having tulips in bloom on the first Saturday in May,” said Emma Wynn, education committee chair for the Wellfield Botanic Gardens Board, in a news release.
While tunes will still be part of the event, it will not be the main focus this year. There will be two stages for live music, including Vibe Nation.
Lawn and garden experts will present four seminars with tips to help prepare lawns for the season and design a dream garden.
The marketplace will include a variety of vendors selling plants, gardening products, grills and outdoor furniture.
Local gardening experts and organizations will be on hand to offer advice and inspiration.
Children can participate in a scavenger hunt in the gardens and a number of nature-themed crafts sponsored by local organizations.
Wellfield Botanic Gardens board members will offer short walking tours of the gardens, giving visitors an opportunity to see the changes that have been made since last summer.
Several vendors, including Mod Mex, The Weiner Shack, Honey’s Frozen Yogurt and The Matterhorn, will be on hand selling refreshments.
Admission to the event is $4 with a Wellfield Botanic Gardens membership, $5 without a membership and children 12 and younger get in free.