The Calendar Garden has been constructed on a 13 acre parcel of land on the Elkhart River, east of New Paris, Indiana. The property was the home of local physician, John Defries and his wife, Elisabeth, for fifty years.
When her husband passed away, Mrs. Defries donated the property to the Elkhart County Parks. The Calendar Garden is funded by Mrs. Defries and was installed by landscape designer, Jon Cutrell, who is responsible for the concept and design of the garden. The garden and property are also available for special events such as weddings for one.