Northern Indiana’s Quilt Gardens Along the Heritage Trail Gives Viewers an Eyeful in 2011

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18 Gardens and 18 Murals are showcased from May 30 through October 1

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Quilt Garden - Photo Credit: Elkhart County, IN CVB

There is nothing else like the Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail. It’s a signature attraction for our destination.

The 2011 Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail in northern Indiana promises viewers an eyeful with a showcase of 18 large-scale quilt patterned gardens and 18 outdoor quilt art murals. 2011 marks the fourth year for this growing event that has garnered national media attention and has been deemed an American Bus Association Top 100 event for three consecutive years.

Official garden and mural sites are located in the seven Indiana communities of Bristol, Elkhart, Goshen, Nappanee, Middlebury, Shipshewana and Wakarusa, IN along the Heritage Trail, a nationally recognized driving tour route. All sites are viewable at no charge May 30 through October 1. Maps show the way.

18 gardens that replicate traditional or contemporary patterns are packed with more than 100,000 annuals. It is a requirement that garden sites change patterns each year, and the new patterns bring new stories to each site. The 18 hand-painted outdoor art murals are also inspired by quilt designs. And, like the gardens, each design has its own special story.

“There is nothing else like the Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail. It’s a signature attraction for our destination and a great source of community pride,” says Diana Lawson, the Elkhart County (IN) Convention & Visitors Bureau’s executive director. “It brings in visitors, drives increased visitor spending in Elkhart County, and sets the stage for local attractions and small businesses to develop complementary programs and promotions that encourage people to frequent their places of business.”
The Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail is produced by the Elkhart County (IN) Convention & Visitors Bureau (ECCVB). For more information contact the ECCVB at 574.262.8161 or visit QuiltGardensTour.com.

Contact: Jackie Hughes ▪ Elkhart County Convention & Visitors Bureau ▪ 219 Caravan Drive ▪ Elkhart, IN ▪ 574.262.8161 ▪ 800.860.5957 ▪ jackie(at)amishcountry(dot)org ▪ amishcountry.org

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