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May 23, 2013

Volunteers help plant annual quilt gardens

GOSHEN - Colorful gardens are popping up across Elkhart and LaGrange counties this week as volunteers plant the annual quilt gardens.

This year there will be 19 quilt gardens making up the annual tourist attraction known as the Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail. Gardens are located in Elkhart, Bristol, Goshen, Middlebury, Nappanee, Shipshewana and Wakarusa. Each garden is accompanied by an interpretive sign and brochures that explain the pattern. The pattern of the garden on the lawn of the Elkhart County Courthouse has a flag theme this year.

Volunteers will use more than 110,000 annual flowers to create the gardens, according to the Elkhart County Convention & Visitors Bureau staff. The deadline for having all the gardens planted is today.

The free annual garden attraction is an event created by the Elkhart County Convention & Visitors Bureau. The gardens are coupled with 20 quilt murals created by businesses and together they draw thousands of tourists each year. The American Bus Association, a tourist industry group, has added the quilt garden tour to its top 100 event list.

For information about the tour call 800-250-4827 or go online to www.amishcountry.org.

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