The Quilt Gardens of Elkhart County started in 2007 with just 2 gardens.
This unique to our area exhibit joins quilting, gardening, and art into a one-of-a-kind seasonal event. This colorful patchwork of quilt inspired gardens and quilt-themed murals is linked by the roads that form the Heritage Trail. Since the start, the quilt garden display along the Heritage Trail has grown to 16 gardens in 6 towns or cities: Bristol, Elkhart, Goshen, Middlebury, Nappanee and Wakarusa.
Every quilt garden and quilt mural has its own intricate pattern; many are original designs, and each has its own unique story.
In keeping with our 2021 theme: A Year of Peace, Wellfield’s Quilt Garden this year is named “Peace Flower,” and resembles a pinwheel.
“Glitterati Purple Star” pentas at the center give way to blue petals planted in two different shades of salvia: “Cathedral Deep Blue” and “Cathedral Sky Blue.” The “Peace Flower” is contrasted by a background of “Pacifica White” vinca and “Eureka Pink” begonias. The completed Quilt Garden measures roughly 30’ by 30’ and includes approximately 1,418 plants. A total of 8 staff and volunteers completed the garden in 2 days starting May 18, 2021.
The “Peace Flower” will remain in place until September 15. An adjacent viewing platform offers the best vantage point for viewing and picture taking. For more details about the Quilt Garden, click HERE.
The Quilt Garden is located outside the confines of Wellfield’s Botanic Gardens, just to the north of the Visitor’s Cottage, and can be viewed anytime. Stop by frequently this summer and see how it grows!
Amy Myers, Interim Horticulture and Facilities Manager