The 2013 Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail in Northern Indiana Amish Country showcases 39 eye-popping quilt patterns replicated in 19 vibrant quilt patterned gardens and 20 outdoor quilt art murals on display free of charge May 30- October 1.
Official garden and mural sites blanket the communities of Bristol, Elkhart, Goshen, Nappanee, Middlebury, Shipshewana and Wakarusa along the Heritage Trail, a nationally recognized driving tour route.
In excess of 110,000 annuals pack the 19 quilt gardens that range in size from 800 to 3,200 square feet and cover nearly 23,000 square feet of soil. It is a requirement that garden sites change patterns each year. The 20 hand-painted outdoor art murals average 132 square feet in size with the largest mural measuring 448 square feet.
""The Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail generates a tremendous sense of community pride and engages hundreds of volunteers who plan, plant and tend the gardens over an eight month period," says Diana Lawson, the Elkhart County (IN) Convention & Visitors Bureau's executive director. She added that it is a signature attraction for the destination attracting visitors who positively impact the economy. Research shows that in 2011 direct spending by visitors contributed $273.1 million to the economy of Elkhart County.
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 QuiltGardens.com.
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