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New Quilt Gardens can be found in downtown Elkhart and Amish Acres

A Premier Arts garden taking root next to the Lerner/chamber building.

Posted on May 1, 2014 at 1:43 p.m.

ELKHART — Elkhart County’s annual quilt garden promotion will soon blossom, and one of the newest gardens can be found in downtown Elkhart.

Workers for Legacy Landscapes recently finished constructing one of the two new gardens. It is on the corner of South Main and East Marion next to the Lerner Theatre building where Premier Arts, a community theater group, is headquartered. Technically, though, the garden is just south of the Greater Elkhart Chamber of Commerce offices, which is part of the Lerner building.

Premier Arts acquired the empty lot last year. The property will eventually be developed, but the group chose to spruce it up with a floral garden in the meantime.

The garden will feature mostly begonias and petunias and is appropriately themed, “Beauty and the Beast Rose,” according to Jackie Hughes, public relations manager for the county CVB.

Planting is scheduled to begin in about two weeks.

The downtown garden is one of 20 that will be featured this year as part of the quilt garden program that also includes 21 quilt murals.

The other new garden will be at the Dutch Village Market in Nappanee.

New quilt murals can be found at West View Florist, 1717 Cassopolis St, Elkhart, and Amish Acres in Nappanee.

The ‘Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail’ begins May 30. For details check out the pdf available at 2014 Quilt Gardens Master Gardener Guidebook.




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