Quilt Gardens grow in popularity
In 2007, the Elkhart County Visitors Convention Bureau began searching for new ways to bring visitors to the area, using heritage that matters to this community.
"There is a lot of interest in quilting in this area," Sonya Nash, project manager, said. "We wanted to reflect who we are as Elkhart County."
The idea for the quilt garden came from the love or quilting and the profound history of agriculture and horticulture in Elkhart County.
"We didn't even know if we could make a garden look like a quilt!" she explained that a countywide quilt garden tour has never been done before anywhere in the United States. "It's one-of-a-kind."
"We never had a bus group to (Wakarusa) before they had a quilt garden," she explained.
Bus groups spend three days in Elkhart County, traveling, spending money on food and shopping and visiting the quilt gardens.
"They bring people from all over the world," Nash said.
Currently, there are over 20 quilt gardens or quilt murals (the mural were created in addition to the quilt gardens in locations where there was no room to design a garden) in the seven community of Elkhart County. Visit the quilt gardens and quilt murals around Nappanee and Wakarusa to see this year's locally designed artistry that is bringing international business to the area.
** To read the entire story, see the June 13 edition of the Nappanee Advance News.