Elkhart, Nappanee to Host Fall Floral Carpets Beginning Next Week

September 26, 2013

Elkhart County’s Fall Floral Carpet will take root in two cities this year and will be ready next week.

The flower carpets will be on display beginning Tuesday, Oct. 1, in both Elkhart and Nappanee.

The effort by the Elkhart County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau began last year in Elkhart and will expand to Nappanee this year.

Volunteers and organizers will begin unloading 7,000 large potted mums and constructing the carpet in Nappanee on Friday morning, Sept. 27, on Locke Street next to the Nappanee Center, 302 W. Market St.

In Elkhart, an equal amount of flowers will be unloaded Monday morning on part of Waterfall Drive.

The displays will continue through Sunday, Oct. 12.

In Elkhart, the display will require the closing of Waterfall Drive from Franklin Street to High Street.

Mums of different colors will be assembled using large templates designed to celebrate the arts, according to a news release issued by the CVB.

Elkhart’s Fall Flower Carpet design will replicate the “Tudor Rose” rosette from stained glass panels of Ruthmere Museum in Elkhart.

Nappanee’s design will pay tribute to the city’s woodworking heritage and reflects ornamentation found on an historic “Hoosier” cabinet on display in the Nappanee Center.

In Nappanee viewers get a bonus of nighttime illumination and music, as the city chose to illuminate the display at night with 1,600 LED lights, according to a spokesperson for the CVB.

Viewing platforms at both sites make the flower carpets easy to see and photograph.

Premier Arts, the resident theater group at Lerner Theatre, will be selling the Elkhart mums for use after the display. The group is currently taking orders for the sale.

The displays are sponsored and organized by the Elkhart County Convention & Visitors Bureau along with the City of Elkhart, Premier Arts, the City of Nappanee and the Nappanee Quilt Garden Committee.