• Free and open to the public May 30, 2018, to Oct. 1, 2018
  • Named Best Festival or Event in 2017 by the Indiana Tourism Association
  • Named a Top 100 event by the American Bus Association, a leading group representing group tour operators, for seven straight years
  • Started in 2007 with two test gardens, including one site that participates to this day: Das Dutchman Essenhaus
  • 200-plus volunteers needed to plant, water, weed and maintain the gardens
  • 2,000 estimated man-hours put in by the 200-plus volunteers
  • Estimated 1 million-plus blooms at all 18 Quilt Gardens
  • Each Quilt Garden and Quilt Mural site must meet 10 standards and specifications related to product and service, as determined by a jury
  • Official grower of the Quilt Gardens is Corstange Greenhouse of Portage, Mich., a family-owned nursery in its 44th year in operation
  • Total size of all 18 Quilt Gardens: 20,982 square feet.
  • Three Quilt Gardens (Das Dutchman Essenhaus in Middlebury, Linton’s Enchanted Gardens in Elkhart, Dutch Country Market east of Middlebury) are each more than 2,000 square feet. Essenhaus’ is the largest at 2,793 square feet.
  • The most common size of Quilt Gardens is 900 square feet — nine Quilt Gardens are that size
  • The largest Quilt Mural is Morning Star at the Time Was Museum in Elkhart

For more information, contact Terry T. Mark, director of communications of the Elkhart County Convention and Visitors Bureau, at 574-262-8161 or terry@eccvb.org.