MARK YOUR CALENDAR - May 27, 2013
MIDDLEBURY, IN - Das Dutchman Essenhaus is in the planning and development stages of their seventh annual Quilt Garden. In cooperation with the Elkhart County Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Essenhaus is participating in a county-wide event that unites quilters and gardeners alike.
The seasonal tour, which includes nineteen (19) large-scale living Quilt Gardens and twenty (20) Quilt Murals will begin May 27, 2013, and run through September. A variety of quilt patterns will be planted in gardens and hand-painted in murals on or around businesses throughout Elkhart County.
Quilt Gardens...along the Heritage Trail marries a popular tradition of Amish culture with the agricultural community. Local residents, Gary and Linda Henderson worked together to incorporate a popular quilting design made entirely of flowers. The Essenhaus Quilt Garden will be planted in May and will include seven (7) types of annual flowers in a 'Dresden plate" quilt design.
The Henderson's who have also created the first six Quilt Gardens for the Essenhaus, chose the "Dresden plate" pattern for its simplicity and elegance but also because the Essenhaus is Indiana's largest family restaurant and the plate theme fit nicely.
The 2013 Quilt Garden at Das Dutchman Essenhaus will be home to roughly 7,700 plants and will be in its prime in mid-July through mid-September. Local residents and tourists are welcome to visit the garden located behind the Essenhaus Inn & Conference Center.
Additional information about this annual self-guided tour may be obtained at www.QuiltGardensTour.com.