Quilt Garden 2019 – “Crocus Awakens”

Wellfield Botanic Gardens is thrilled to present its Quilt Garden Exhibit for 2019: “Crocus Awakens”

Crocus -Block 30-2019Wellfield 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–September 15, 2019 for your viewing pleasure. In total, 17 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 Monday, May 20, Wellfield’s Quilt Garden space was transformed from bare to brilliant as a dozen volunteers and staff led by Horticulture and Facilities Manager Josh Steffen decended upon the delivery of nearly 2400 plants to create “Crocus Awakens”, this year’s featured design.

Wellfield QG 2019 'CROCUS AWAKENS' Final

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

  • Marigold ‘Janie Bright Yellow’ = 500
  • Mentha requiennii, Corsican Mint = 1640
  • Salvia ‘Lighthouse Purple’ = 52
  • Pentas ‘Luckystar Raspberry = 183

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.

We’ll update additional photos of ‘Crocus Awakens’ 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 [coming soon!]





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