Guide to Quilt Gardens Along The Heritage Trail
Annually May 30 - September 15
The Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail joins quilting, gardening, and art into a one-of-a-kind event featuring more than a million vibrant blooms, 17 gigantic gardens, and 25 hand-painted, super-sized murals.
This colorful patchwork of quilt-inspired gardens and hand-painted, quilt-themed, super-sized murals deliver dazzling views in the communities of Bristol, Elkhart, Goshen, Middlebury, Nappanee, and Wakarusa. It’s the only experience of its kind in the world and it's FREE!
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 have their own special character and fun finds you’ll want to explore.
That's a Wrap!
It's been an epic year for the 2022 Quilt Gardens 15th Anniversary!
A huge thank you to the sites & volunteers who contributed their time and talent to make this a successful event.
The official end date of the Quilt Gardens is September 15.
However, some gardens will remain viewable as long as the flowers look great. For up to date info, please access the Quilt Gardens Passport
When can I see the Quilt Gardens?
The Quilt Gardens are viewable May 30 - September 15 each year during all daylight hours. Elkhart County is on Eastern Standard Time which means in summer time, daylight can mean perfect garden enjoyment as late as 8 or 9 p.m. each evening. Many people like to go back to their favorite site to see them at different light and times of the day.Learn more about the quilt gardens.
Are the Quilt Gardens and Quilt Murals all in one location?
How do the Quilt Gardens and Quilt Murals look right now?
The Quilt Gardens are planted on May 30 and are then what we lovingly call “baby gardens”. As the summer season heats up, and the inevitable rain & heat hit, the gardens fill in, grow and become just gorgeous and filled with surprises.
Our volunteers work hard with each of Mother Nature's challenges to provide you the best experience and are committed to pattern appreciation and view ability. What’s neat about this event, is one garden is having some challenges, keep going to the next one on the Heritage Trail.
They are all at different stages due to soil content, weather, and local environments. For real time info give the Visitors Center a call at 800-262-8161 for today’s garden update. The Quilt Murals always look fabulous! We hope you enjoy them all!
Are the Quilt Gardens Accessible?
Quilt Gardens are best experienced from the walkways and lawns surrounding each site's location. Some Quilt Gardens can be viewed from your vehicle, but that does not provide the optimal experience. A few Quilt Gardens locations provide viewing platforms accessible by a handful of steps. Most Quilt Murals are visible from the car or sidewalk.
What are the addresses for the Quilt Gardens?
Just enter the address in your favorite map app on your mobile device for easy directions to each location. You can also download the map for the Quilt Gardens and Quilt Murals,Quilt Gardens location addresses
Is there an admission fee for the Quilt Gardens?
All Quilt Gardens and Quilt Murals are viewable free of charge so plan to stop, get out, walk, and enjoy at each stop. Read the signs, take a picture and share using #quiltgardens. Breath in the fresh air and enjoy nature and art for free.
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Quilt Gardens Passport
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Groups of 20 or more
Check out the new Quilt Gardens tour options – exclusive to groups of 20 or more