Quilt Gardens tour

It’s not often in this blog that I write about places to go. Recently, we visited the Quilt Gardens, a really fun, ongoing garden tour in the Elkhart, Indiana, region.

Volunteer gardeners from that area installed more than a million annuals in 18 gardens. Flowers and colorful foliage plants are arranged to reproduce quilt patterns on a large scale.


Each garden contains thousands of plants.


The gardens are spread out over several communities in the area.

This garden is planted with colorful ornamental peppers.

In addition to the gardens, 21 large quilt pattern murals adorn assorted buildings along the tour.

A large mural dresses up an otherwise bland wall.

Quilt makers will recognize all of these patterns.

The Quilt Gardens are open to the public now until Oct. 1 and are free of charge. For downloadable maps and guides visit online Quilt Gardens in Elkhart

Unless you’re short on time, I suggest you plan on taking at least two days to enjoy the gardens and other attractions along the way.


Bob Dluzen
As a result of being a gardener for more than 40 years, 30 of those as a professional, Bob's gardening has become an integral part of his life. "It's the ever-changing seasons and the wide variety of plants and gardens that keeps me intrigued," he says. Bob lives and gardens in rural Monroe County.