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2014 Quilt Garden Trail grows to 20

The quilt gardens along the Heritage Trail in Northern Indiana Amish Country continues to grow. In 2014, the event will showcase 20 vibrant quilt patterned gardens and 22 outdoor quilt art murals from May 30 to October 1.

In excess of 150,000 annuals will pack the 20 quilt gardens that range in size from 800 to 3,200 sq. ft. and cover more than 24,000 sq. ft. of soil. It is required that garden sites change patterns each year. The 22 hand-painted outdoor art murals average 19 sq. ft. in size with the largest mural measuring 448 sq. ft.

These eye-popping quilt gardens and murals that blanket the communities of Bristol, Elkhart, Goshen, Nappanee, Middlebury, Shipshewana and Wakarusa along the Heritage Trail, a nationally recognized driving tour route, are viewable free of charge.

“The quilt gardens along the Heritage Trail is a signature attraction for the destination attracting visitors from all over North America and beyond,” says Diana Lawson, Elkhart County Convention and Visitors Bureau executive director. She goes on to say that this event generates tremendous community pride and engages hundreds of volunteers and site staff who commit thousands of hours to plan, plant and tend the gardens.

Shipshewana will host three gardens: Farmstead Inn – “Goldie’s Basket,” Menno-Hof – “Dutchman’s Puzzle,” and Weaver Furniture Sales – “Dahlia Quilt.”

Other quilt gardens on the tour include:

In Bristol: Elkhart County Historical Museum – “Sawtooth Diamond.”

In Elkhart: City of Elkhart, Central Park – “Cross Town Rivals,” Concord Mall – “Spanish Dancer,” Linton’s Enchanted Gardens – “Pink Elephants of Hope,” Premier Arts, Downtown Main Street – “Beauty and the Beast Rose,” Ruthmere – “The Seasons of Change.”

In Goshen: Elkhart County 4-H Fairgrounds – “Four Cornerstones of 4-H,” Elkhart County Courthouse – “Courthouse Scales of Justice,” and The Old Bag Factory – “Facets.”

In Middlebury: Das Dutchman Essenhaus – “Bowtie,” Dutch Country Market – “Wagon Wheel,” Krider Garden – “Water Wheel,” and Martin’s ACE Hardware – “Land We Love.”

In Nappanee: Coppes Commons – “Tools of the Trade,” Dutch Village Market – “Dutch Tulip,” and Nappanee Center – “One Room School.”

In Wakarusa: Town of Wakarusa, Downtown – “Goose Creek.”