Wellfield Botanic Gardens' GROW News - MARCH 2017
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We believe...
that education is an essential part of our guests’ experience.
Nature is a classroom. We offer educational programs for all ages! We’ve created a place to learn new things about our world! The more you know, the more you’re enriched!
Garden Boot Camp
A Note from the Director: Growing Roots

While the mild winter weather has given us hopeful glimpses of spring, it’s important to remember the value of seasonality, the subtle but poignant changes over the course of a year that define our sense of place. And while we yearn for the bold, green leaves and the beautifully-colored flowers of summer, any good horticulturist will tell you it’s the growth you cannot see – the growth of a plant’s roots – that is most important in setting the stage for success. The same is true for botanic gardens like Wellfield. Yes, we are a ‘living museum’, a gorgeous, dynamic environment dedicated to inspiring creativity and education, fostering stewardship for our environment and growing community ...

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A Summer Evening in the Gardens SAVE THE DATE: Thursday, June 15, 6 p.m.
Join us for our premier party of the year, Summer Evening in the Gardens, our annual gala honoring supporters of Wellfield Botanic Gardens. Enjoy a stroll through the gardens during the pre-dinner cocktail party with hors d’oeuvres and live music before being seated under the Event Garden tent. Enjoy a top-notch, delectable dinner from Matterhorn Catering as well as delicious wine pairings from Tiedemann Wines
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Volunteer Training

2017 Volunteer Training

Wellfield Gardens is a very special place to many. The Gardens are spectacular, but what really makes Wellfield special are the volunteers. Without volunteers and the support of the community we wouldn’t be growing, and if you have visited the Gardens recently, you can visually see how we are growing. As new gardens are built, new programs and classes are added and we need to grow our volunteer team. Being a part of Wellfield is very gratifying. Where else can you make new friends, spend time in a beautiful garden and learn new skills. Come Join our team!

If you would like to learn more about the Wellfield Volunteer Team, please contact Jodie Papandrea, Volunteer Coordinator at or 574-266-2006.

Registration for Plein Air painting is now open!

This class is a way to create a “tool kit” for approaching the centuries old tradition of plein air painting (French for “in the open air”). Students will learn a variety of foundation techniques and tools, which will act as building blocks and skills to improve the painter’s abilities while painting and drawing in open air. 
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A new weekly series HORTICULTURE TIPS, written by Wellfield Horticulture Manager Josh Steffen, now appears on the Wellfield website, under Latest News. Check our website each FRIDAY for the latest HORTICULTURE TIPS article, or follow the Wellfield blog at

You can subscribe to the blog on the website to receive these articles directly to your inbox 

You can read the two latest articles by clicking the buttons below. Don't forget to "like" the post!

Sensational Seasonal Seed Starting Part 1
Warming Up, Bad or Good?
Wellfield Botanic Gardens offer hands-on, inquiry-based science programs. All programs are aligned with State & National science standards. For a full listing of K-6 programs click HERE. Custom field trips are available (middle school, high school, home school, college classes, scout troops). Submit your request form below, or contact Kelly Tooker, Education Coordinator, direct at 
Field Trip Request Form
Winter Hours End April 1st!
 January - March Open Tuesday, Saturday, Sunday 12 - 5 pm

Click here for direct access to our Google Calendar!  Keep up to date with all of our upcoming events, programs and classes! 

Are you curious about what’s NEW at Wellfield – the construction projects, the programming – and all the great things that give your membership value?

Join Eric Garton, Robert and Peggy Weed Executive Director, for a complimentary membership orientation and update session. Designed for Wellfield Botanic Gardens members, these sessions are loaded with great information, updates on programming and construction projects, previews of upcoming events and the chance to ask questions. 

Saturday, April 15, 9-10 AM
Wednesday, May 24, 7-8 PM
Thursday, June 8, 7-8 PM
Saturday, September 9, 9-10 AM
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