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 “Shh! We Have a Plan” by Chris Haughton, a story about four friends trying to catch a bird.story-walk-03

In the next couple of weeks it will be replaced with “Best in Snow” by April Pulley Sayre, a book that pairs winter scenes of snow with short captions, according to Chuck Pieri, Branch Children’s Librarian.

“Beautiful prose, it’s talking about the different types of snows,” said Pieri.

According to Wellfield Gardens Visitors Cottage Manager Nina Cunningham, the program has been a successful partnership between the library and the gardens.

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“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, “Kite Day: A Bear and Mole Story” by Will Hillenbrand,”Shh! We Have a Plan” and “Best in Snow,” 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.

She said that “Best in Snow” will remain up at least through the end of the year and during the garden’s new Winter Wonderland Holiday Light Show, which runs from Nov. 24 to Dec. 30.

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.

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