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Quilt gardens cover northern Indiana

Das-Dutchman-Essenhaus' quilt in Middlebury. Photo courtesy Elkhart County Convention & Visitors Bureau

Das-Dutchman-Essenhaus' quilt in Middlebury. Photo courtesy Elkhart County Convention & Visitors Bureau

Happy July 4th.

Celebrate with a tour of quilt gardens in Elkhart County, which keeps money in the state and supports an area that has struggled with high unemployment in this economic downturn. Very patriotic!

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Nation’s first quilt garden tour abloom in Elkhart County

Floral cover - The Log Cabin pattern quilt at Das Dutchman Essenhaus, Middlebury, has more than 7,000 annuals, including begonias, marigolds and salvia. (Photo courtesy Elkhart County Convention & Visitors Bureau)

Floral cover - The Log Cabin pattern quilt at Das Dutchman Essenhaus, Middlebury, has more than 7,000 annuals, including begonias, marigolds and salvia. (Photo courtesy Elkhart County Convention & Visitors Bureau)

With gas at a premium, chances are we’ll stick closer to home for our vacation adventures this year.

Gardeners and quilters only have to travel to Elkhart County for a self-paced tour that features 12 juried, large-scale, quilt-patterned gardens and 11 hand-painted outdoor murals.

These creations can be found throughout the county in Bristol, Elkhart, Goshen, Middlebury, Nappanee, Shipshewana and Wakarusa. The exclusive gardens and murals are viewable free of charge from late spring until first frost.

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