The 36-acre Wellfield Botanic Gardens site sits on and around the site of Elkhart’s historic wellfield. Today the crystalline Christian Creek, which once powered Elkhart’s 19th century mills, streams through and inspires this native habitat while the actual wellfields still provide Elkhart’s water supply. This on-going project currently features multiple unique specialty gardens with water features, sculptures, art, benches pagodas and a pond surrounded by flora and fauna of all types and sizes. Annual updates and expansions of additional themed gardens will continue to be developed each year. Today groups can enjoy self-guided or official docent led guided tours of the gardens. Two golf carts are available to assist senior groups with accessibility (advance reservation requests only). Ask about catered box lunches, evening entertainment options and special event programs to add to the group experience.
Each Thursday between June 21 and August 23, the Groovin' in the Gardens Summer Concert turns Wellfield in to a magical evening. Live music provides the soundtrack and fills the summer air. The concert lineup features an eclectic assortment of jazz, contemporary, classic rock, R&B, country, indie-pop, Americana, folk and “blue-eyed soul” performed live by popular artists of our region and beyond. Gates open at 6 p.m., concerts begin at 7; get your space on the event lawn or under the event tent early and stroll the beautiful garden trails while listening to nature’s symphony before enjoying the concerts as the sun sets. Fresh food items may be purchased individually from Matterhorn Catering onsite during the event or arrange for a special group meal package to be delivered. $10 per person admission includes self-guided tours of the Botanic Gardens throughout the evening.