Take a walk, read a book at Wellfield
Visitors to the Wellfield Botantic Gardens can enjoy the beautiful flora and get a great story during Story Walk.
The ongoing program pieces out a children’s book onto stands around the gardens where visitors can walk up and read them as they make their way around the grounds.
The current book is “Water Can Be…” by Laura Purdie Salas, which is a book about a girl who helps her mother in their garden and then daydreams of her own garden with candy growing.
According to Wellfield Gardens Visitors Cottage Manager Nina Cunningham, the program has been a successful partnership between the library and the gardens.
“It’s been really successful, the way that we’ve been able to measure that is that the books we order for the shop have sold out,” she said.
She noted that the books have been re-ordered and that all three of the books from Story Walk, “Best in Snow” by April Pulley Sayre, “Kite Day: A Bear and Mole Story” by Will Hillenbrand, “My Garden” by Kevin Henkes and “Shh! We Have a Plan” by Chris Haughton are all available at the Vistors Cottage.
“We’ve really enjoyed the collaboration with the library,” Cunningham said. “I feel like we’ve really taken it to the next level with the storyboards.”
The library and Wellfield have also worked together on the summertime Stories in the Gardens program and the Little Sprouts program during the winter months.
Wellfield Gardens is a non-profit created with help from the Elkhart Rotary Club on land leased from the City of Elkhart. The 36-acre site comprised of 25 themed gardens, event space and more. For more information visit their website.