Quilt Garden 2018 – “Star Flower Power”

Wellfield Botanic Gardens is thrilled to present its Quilt Garden Exhibit for 2018: “Star Flower Power”

Wellfield Quilt Garden [Colored] 2018 Star Flower PowerWellfield is a proud participant in the QUILT GARDENS Along the Heritage Trail program coordinated and sponsored by the Elkhart County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Quilt Gardens and Quilt Murals are on display May 30–October 1, 2018 for your viewing pleasure. In total, 18 gigantic gardens around Elkhart County feature more than a million vibrant blooms and 21 hand-painted super-sized quilt murals add to the visitor experience. 

The Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail 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.

Every quilt garden and quilt mural has its own intricate pattern, many are original designs and each has its own unique story. Each of our unique communities that host quilt gardens & murals has its own special character and fun finds you’ll want to explore.

On May 21, Wellfield’s Quilt Garden space went from bare to brilliant as a dozen volunteers and staff led by Horticulture and Facilities Manager Josh Steffen decended upon the delivery of over 1200 plants to create “Star Flower Power”, this year’s featured design.Wellfield Quilt Garden 2018 Star Flower Power with plants indicated

Here are the plant species/cultivars and their counts used to create our 40’x40′ Quilt Garden:

  • Zinnia ‘Magellan Yellow’ = 64
  • Zinnia ‘Magellan Scarlet’ = 64
  • Pepper ‘Black Pearl’ = 178
  • Pepper ‘Islander’ = 34
  • Lantana ‘Bandana Orange’ = 860
  • Isolepis ‘Live Wire’ = 12

This year’s Quilt Garden pattern at Wellfield features some EDIBLE plants, a feature not normally considered in these living works of art. But Josh Steffen believes strongly that the quilt garden should be more than just art in and of itself, but should also serve a utilitarian role that supports wellness and sustainability.

Quilt Garden and Mural 2018 (1)In addition to the living Quilt Garden, Wellfield Botanic Gardens’ location features a Quilt Mural, mounted on the brick wall of a building adjacent the main parking area and Visitors Cottage. This mural, titled: “Pinwheels & Ribbons of Hope” replicates an original quilt created by local fiber artist Diana Bennett to help benefit the Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer. The shades of blue and pinks pull from the Vera Bradley ‘Ribbons’ colors – a happy print that made Diana think of pinwheels and ribbons.

Enjoy some additional photos of Star Flower Power, below, which will be updated as the garden ‘fills in’ over the course of the summer season.

If you’d like to visit more Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail, CLICK HERE or DOWNLOAD the Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail MAP here.

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