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Plan a No Cost July 4th Weekend that Really Pops

June 30, 2011

07/01/11 Looking for something free, fun and different to do over the July 4th weekend? Consider pairing the Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail with local fireworks displays for a weekend that really pops.  Pack a picnic and enjoy a holiday loaded with colorful fun that doesn’t break the bank. Spend the day viewing eye-popping gardens and murals, come evening cast your eyes to the sky.

18 quilt patterned gardens packed with nearly a million blooms are at their blooming best, delivering the glories of summer in a vibrant array in the communities of Elkhart, Bristol, Goshen, Middlebury, Nappanee, Shipshewana and Wakarusa – all along the nationally recognized Heritage Trail route.  Add to that 18 outdoor quilt art murals are also on display.  The gardens and murals are all viewable free of charge.

Free maps show the way to each location and signs at the sites tell about pattern selections and types of flowers used in the gardens.  Signs also have scan tags for use with smart phones that give more information about other things to see and do nearby.

Get Quilt Garden maps, directions, and detailed information at or contact the Elkhart County Visitors Center at 574.262.8161.  The Visitors Center is located in Elkhart at 219 Caravan Drive (just off the Indiana Toll Road Exit 92).  It’s open 8am to 5pm Monday thru Friday, 9am to 4pm Saturday.

Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail Locations

Central Park, Elkhart, garden                       Das Dutchman Essenhaus, Middlebury, garden & mural

Concord Mall, Elkhart, mural                             Dutch Country Market, Middlebury, garden

Elkhart County Visitors Center, mural                     Greencroft Middlebury, garden

Linton’s Enchanted Gardens, garden                      Krider Garden, Middlebury, garden

Ruthmere,  Elkhart, garden                                         Cinnamon Stick, Middlebury, mural

Time Was Museum, mural                                           Varns & Hoover, Middlebury, mural

Wellfield Botanic Gardens, Elkhart, garden           Farmstead Inn, Shipshewana, garden

Elk. Co.  Hist. Museum, Bristol, garden          Menno-Hof, Shipshewana, garden

Bonneyville Mill, Bristol, mural                                Weaver Furniture, Shipshewana, garden

Elkhart County Fairgrounds, Goshen, garden        Amish Acres, Nappanee, garden

Elkhart County Courthouse, garden                         Nappanee Center, garden

Goshen Chamber of Commerce, mural                   John’s Butcher Shop, Nappanee, murals

Goshen College, mural                                           Downtown Wakarusa, garden & mural

Old Bag Factory, Goshen, garden & mural