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Wellfield Botanic Gardens – A Fun Filled Day in a Living Museum

The Wellfield Botanic Gardens in Elkhart, Indiana are like a living museum with art, nature, and structure all coordinating beautifully.

The waters of Christiana Creek stream through the gardens, which are a combination of nature, art and hardscaping that is sure to delight.Flowers in Wellfield Botanic Gardens

The Botanic Gardens feature 36 acres of lush gardens against a backdrop of native woodlands.  No matter the type of gardening that you enjoy, there is something here to interest you.

Annuals, perennials and bulbs abound and are extremely well cared for.

These beautiful Botanic gardens celebrate the combination of nature and art and have many themed gardens, which are both inspiring and educational.

The gardens are host to many landscaped beds with water features, lots of walkways and a host of garden sculptures that are sure to delight.

Touring Wellfield Botanic Gardens

My husband and I spent several weeks last summer touring Botanical gardens along the Eastern coast and as far north as Michigan.  The day we spent at Wellfield Gardens was one of our most cherished days.

Quilt Garden

At first glance, I thought this statue was a visitor to the gardens enjoying a moment with a newspaper. Closer inspection showed that it was just one of many statues that the garden has on display.  Stature of a man with a newspaperMr Newspaper Man was seated near the Quilt Garden on the Heritage Trail. 

This mammoth sized landscaped garden bed, planted with lots petunias and other annuals to mimic the look of a grandmother’s quilt. is just one of 19 eye-popping quilt patterned garden beds and art murals along this trail. Quilt garden in Elkhart, Indiana

Wellfield Botanic Gardens celebrates nature and water and it’s easy to see why.

Christiana Creek is a 10 mile long creek that starts in Michigan and runs south into the Gardens before emptying into the St. Joseph River, just south of Elkhart.Christiana Creek in Wellfield Gardens.

The Garden trails loop around this part of the creek and are very relaxing and beautiful. Every part of the Gardens has a view of this lovely creek.Perennial shrubs in Wellfield Botanic Gardens

There must be something in the water.  Look at the size of the blooms on these hydrangeas and other perennials! They were mammoth and in such good condition.

Sculptures from local Artisans

All along the pathways, no matter where we looked there were statues and artwork.

Wellfield Botanic Gardens is known for their displays from talented, local artists.Bronze sculptures were on display in Wellfield Botanic Gardens
The Island Garden was under construction when we visited but we were able to get a glimpse of what it will be like when it is done. 

This garden will be a 3/4-acre Japanese-style garden. Boulders (weighing up to 12,000 pounds!) were in the process of being added.

For another place to visit where bronze statues play a big part, be sure to check out my posts on the Albuquerque Aquarium and the  Centennial Land Run Monument post. The bronze statues are incredible there, too.

All the entries to the Island Garden used the water as focal points. This gazebo was so relaxing looking.

Gazebo at the entry to the island garden in Wellfield Botanic Gardens

The kids will be sure to love these statues.  For another great Children’s garden, check out Boothbay Botanical Garden in Maine.  It’s a blast for the kids.

Trails and walkways at Wellfield Botanic Gardens

The hardscaping at Wellfield Botanic Gardens was magnificent.  There were rustic trails with paving stones that were uneven to walk on but lovely to look at. 

Then one would turn a corner and come upon magnificently paved walks with formal planters.The landscaped paths at Wellfield Botanic Gardens are both rustic and formal

Everything moved from one area to another in a seamless way that was so pleasant.  We walked for a long time and never got tired of seeing what would come next.

Water and Wellfield Gardens

Since the gardens border on the Christiana Creek, it stands to reason that water would be a big focus of the Botanic Gardens. 

Waterfalls, running water, and ponds with water lilies were just a few of the attractions.Christiana Creek is a big part of the Wellfield Botanic Gardens

My favorite area had running streams all along one side and lovely seating areas were we could sit and admire the mood of the place.Landscaped water gardens and Japanese bridge

And then we would walk a bit further and come along an area with landscaped gardens around water with Japanese style bridges.

It was just amazing!

Building and Arbors at Wellfield Botanic Gardens

Arbors and arches defined the entry to many of the different themed garden areas. There were so many types and each one a beauty in its own right.Arbors and Arches at Wellfield Botanic Gardens

The English Garden was a favorite of mine. It is a favored place for weddings and even has a dove cote on top of a charming building.Building in the English Garden at Wellfield Botanic Gardens

These botanic gardens are a great place to learn about gardening.

If you are traveling with kids in tow, the children will enjoy all of the textures in the sensory touch garden and will be delighted with the many animal statues. This one is aptly named “Mother’s Day!”Bear Statue at Wellfield Botanic Gardens

Pick your color and sit a while!  This is just one of many seating areas along the Creek where you can relax and enjoy the surroundings.  Adirondack chairs at Wellfield Botanical Gardens

Wellfield Botanic Gardens has a full event calendar. When we visited the botanical gardens in August, they were holding their Taste of the Gardens event.

This is a chance for visitors to enjoy food from many of the best local restaurants, with live music and various forms of fine art in the picturesque setting of the Gardens.

The gardens were established in 2005 by the Elkhart Rotary Club. The original plan was for 25 themed garden and event spaces, a visitors center and guest amenities.

Inside the garden’s 36 acres is a historical piece of property known as the “North Main Street Well Field.” This has been a source of hydraulic energy and drinking water for the City of Elkhart since the mid-1800s.

Wellfield Gardens are located at 1011 N. Main Street in Elkhart, Indiana. They are open for seasonal hours Spring, Summer and Fall 7 days a week – Mon-Sat from 9 am to 7 pm and Sunday 11 am to 5 pm.

If you are in the area this year, be sure to drop in for a visit. It is a fun filled day well spent.

They have more limited hours in the winter with many seasonal themed activities such as a Where’s Santa hunt and Holiday Lights. Find out more about the seasons of Wellfield here.

If you would like to bookmark this page to remind yourself of the post later, why not pin this image to one of your Gardening Boards?Wellfield Botanical Gardens in Elkhart Indiana features 36 large acres along the Christiana Creek.

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Which Botanical Gardens have been your favorites? I’d love to hear about them in the comments below.

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