Super-sized Quilt Gardens Blanket Northern Indiana Amish Country

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Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail, produced by the Elkhart County (IN) Convention and Visitors Bureau, deliver an eyeful with 19 Quilt Gardens and 18 Quilt Art Murals on view May 30 thru October 1, 2012...creating a tapestry of color in the Indiana communities of Bristol, Elkhart, Goshen, Nappanee, Middlebury, Shipshewana and Wakarusa along the Heritage Trail.

Old Bag Factory Quilt Garden

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The Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail is a signature attraction for our destination. ...more than 200 volunteers to contribute thousands of hours to help plan, plant and tend the gardens to assure an outstanding viewing experience.

The Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail, now in its fifth year, is adding a new garden location and showcasing all new eye-popping quilt designs in 2012. 19 large-scale quilt gardens and 18 outdoor quilt art murals create a tapestry of color in the communities of Bristol, Elkhart, Goshen, Nappanee, Middlebury, Shipshewana and Wakarusa along the Heritage Trail, a nationally recognized driving tour route. Gardens and murals are viewable May 30 through October 1.

“The Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail is a signature attraction for our destination. It brings in visitors and visitor dollars to our cities and towns and each year it’s honored as a ‘Top 100 Event’ by the American Bus Association,” says Diana Lawson, Executive Director of the Elkhart County (IN) Convention and Visitors Bureau. “The Quilt Gardens also generate a tremendous sense of community pride inspiring more than 200 volunteers to contribute thousands of hours to help plan, plant and tend the gardens to assure an outstanding viewing experience. And they succeed!”

In excess of 115,000 locally grown annuals are planted in the 19 gardens that replicate traditional or contemporary quilt patterns. Gardens range in size from 800 to 2,500 square feet and blanket over 23,000 square feet of soil. The 18 outdoor quilt art murals that grace downtown buildings and attractions throughout Elkhart County are also inspired by traditional and contemporary patterns. Murals average 11 feet by 11 feet in size and are hand-painted by local artists.

The Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail is produced by the Elkhart County (IN) Convention and Visitors Bureau, the official tourism advertising/marketing and public relations organization for the Elkhart County hospitality industry. For more information contact the Elkhart County (IN) Visitors Center at 800.262.8161 or visit QuiltGardens.com.

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