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LaGrange County Barn Quilt Mural: Autumn Splendor

To celebrate the LaGrange County Barn Quilt Tour, we are devoting two blogs a month on information regarding a specific mural you will see dotting the Amish backroads in Northern Indiana.

Even though we have numbered the blogs, the order in which we present the murals isn’t terribly important, as you can begin your own self-guided tour anywhere you would like. Just stop by the Visitors Center at 350 N. Van Buren Street, Shipshewana to pick up a brochure with a map.

We hope you enjoy each blog at it provides a sneak peek into the background of each barn quilt mural and location.
Barn Quilt Mural #20: Autumn Splendor
Directly west from Shipshewana on US 20 sits an Amish family-owned business, Little Helpers Quilt Shop and Jams & Jellies, and decorating the side of the business is Autumn Splendor.

Carol Wingard, who owns the shop with her husband Freeman, said the quilt namesake is their best selling quilt in their store, so ...

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Winterizing Roses

Roses are one of the oldest and most popular garden flowers grown.  Even though there is a plethora of information available on growing roses, my experience has been through trial and error.  When winterizing, your main concern is protecting your roses from extended periods of weather below 20 degrees, fluctuating temperatures and winter winds.  Sometimes …

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Over Wintering Perennials in Containers

There was a time that the only type of plant you would see in a container, growing outdoors, was an annual.  These days, anything from perennial flowers to trees and shrubs  are being used in containers to beautify outdoor spaces.  Yes, these plants can be treated like annuals and be replaced the next season, however …

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LaGrange County Barn Quilt Murals: Dutchman’s Puzzle, Yankee Puzzle

To celebrate the LaGrange County Barn Quilt Tour, we are devoting two blogs a month on information regarding a specific mural you will see dotting the Amish backroads in Northern Indiana. Even though we have numbered the blogs, the order in which we present the murals isn’t terribly important, as you can begin your own self-guided …

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About The Amish Culture: An Amish Alphabet

Many people are fascinated with the Amish culture and the people’s simple ways of life. Some people write books on the culture. Others know it up close and personally, and THEN they write books about the Amish. Such is the case for Ingrid Hess, who held a book signing in Shipshewana. Ms. Hess is author of the …

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Art & Earth Trail: Meet a Modern-Day Shoemaker

Custom shoemaking pretty much is a thing of the past. Many of our childhood storybooks described happy shoemakers or tired but busy cobblers and their furry friends or little elves secretively emerging from their hideaways to assist in finishing the projects. Cliff Pequet, modern-day shoemaker, most likely doesn’t have nocturnal pals helping, but on his …

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LaGrange County Barn Quilt Murals: Juneau and Carolina Lily

To celebrate the LaGrange County Barn Quilt Tour, we are devoting two blogs a month on information regarding a specific mural you will see dotting the Amish backroads in Northern Indiana. Even though we have numbered the blogs, the order in which we present the murals isn’t terribly important, as you can begin your own …

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Preparing Your Evergreens for Winter Weather

Fall is a critical time for plants to rehydrate themselves and evergreens, especially need to be well hydrated going into the winter season.  After experiencing a dry fall it is even more important to spend some extra time preparing your evergreens for the drying effects of winter weather. The parts of an evergreen that are …

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Fall and Winter Care of Perennials

If a person were to take a look at my flowerbeds, they would immediately know that perennials are my absolute favorite.  My beds are loaded with grasses, evergreens, groundcovers and flowers.  I especially like the fact that many of them reproduce and spread which gives me the opportunity to share my bounty of perennials with …

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