The 2018 Quilt Gardens planting in progress! The following gardens are complete: Bristol Elkhart County Historical Museum, Bristol Elkhart Central Park, Downtown Elkhart Concord Mall, Elkhart Linton’s Enchanted Gardens, Elkhart Premier Arts, Downtown Elkhart Ruthmere Museum, Elkhart Wellfield Botanic Gardens, Elkhart Goshen Elkhart County Courthouse, Goshen Middlebury Das Dutchman Essenhaus, Middlebury Dutch Country Market, Middlebury … Continued
It’s National Tourism Week! Make plans now to check out our award-winning Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail May 30 – Oct 1 Check out these throwback pics from Quilt Gardens past! Be sure to share your Quilt Gardens photos using #QuiltGardens and we’ will share your pics too!
By Terry T. Mark It’s been a fantastic summer, but Elkhart County will be bidding farewell to most of the Seward Johnson sculptures while Quilt Gardens are closing down in preparation for another colorful season in 2018. There is one piece of good news: The God Bless America monumental-scale sculpture will be staying in … Continued
By Marshall V. King Ten years of Quilt Gardens in Elkhart County has resulted in a lot of blooms, a lot of visitors and a lot of stories. Mary Ann Lienhart-Cross, Elkhart County Extension Director and an Extension educator, can tell you about the time she saw a group of Harley-Davidson riders roar up … Continued
By Terry T. Mark Perhaps you’ve heard? OK, it’s not much of a secret on what we’ve been working on anymore. The Seward Johnson sculpture exhibition and Quilt Gardens displays have been huge hits to start the summer. The 56 life-size sculptures were installed in the downtowns and Quilt Gardens of Elkhart, Goshen, Nappanee, Wakarusa, … Continued
By Terry T. Mark See all the pretty flowers … and sculptures? The flowers have been ordered, and the sculpture sites have been selected. Now it’s time to sit back and watch an amazing public art exhibition take shape everywhere from Nappanee to Middlebury, from Goshen to Elkhart and Bristol and Wakarusa. The annual … Continued
By Terry T. Mark The 10th anniversary of the popular Quilt Gardens will feature two new sites, a new Quilt Mural and one of the largest-ever exhibitions of Seward Johnson bronze sculptures outside of the artist’s personal retrospective. Planting of the 19 Quilt Gardens in late May has become an annual rite of spring, … Continued
By Terry T. Mark Vibrant Communities enjoying success stories in 2017 Early successes are adding an energy to the Vibrant Communities initiative’s steering committee as it organizes for activities in 2017 to keep up the momentum on the 77 Action Agenda items. The steering committee has met twice, covering topics such as the nuts … Continued
By Terry T. Mark Adventure starts here How do you know it’s almost summer? Around here, we say it’s when the 2017 area guide comes out. Heritage Trail Adventures started arriving at local businesses, restaurants and shops in late February. It’s 68 pages of great information about the best places to dine out, see a … Continued
Let the Heritage Trail audio driving tour be your personal guide to must-see attractions, special finds and behind-the-scenes glimpses of Amish life. Traveling along lively Main Streets and scenic back roads you'll find surprises at every turn and soon discover why it’s considered one of the country’s most scenic drives.