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May 14, 2013 > Wildflower, Art, Garden Tour and Quilt Show

Wildflower, Art, Garden Tour and Quilt Show

By Isabella Ohlmeyer
Photos By Jan Sparks

Much like human beings, gardens blossom and evolve into something beautiful. They become a unique and joyful art form that brings us together. Embrace the wonderful creation of gardens, art and nature at the 20th annual "Wildflower, Art, Garden Tour and Quilt Show" on Sunday, May 19 in Fremont's historic Niles District.

Sponsored by the Niles Main Street Association, the show first began as a garden tour hosted by residents who wanted to share their gardens with the Niles community. With help from the Fremont Art Association, art was added. The quilt show portion of the event began three years ago through the efforts of Diana Lilies, owner of Color Me Quilts and More, located in the Niles District. This year's show will feature antique and new quilts displayed throughout the downtown area.

Each year, participants display beautiful gardens and share stories about gardening with the community. Local nurseries and vendors will fill the sidewalks with plants and garden supplies, inspiring you to put your own "green thumb" to work.

Judy Corrie, owner of Corrie Glass on Niles Boulevard, has seen and felt the impact this event. She says, "Being able to walk from garden to garden means experiencing cottage gardens that are rare in Fremont. It's a tour not only for gardeners, but for people who like to walk where there are picket fences, established trees, and people who say 'hello.' More than once attendees have fallen in love with the area and decided to move here,"

Self-guided garden tour tickets can be purchased for $12 before May 19 from store owner and show participant Carol Williamson at My Friends and I, 37521 Niles Boulevard. Advance tickets are also available online at www.niles.org. Tickets can be purchased for $15 on the day of the event. The rest of the event is free.

The Art Walk returns this year as Niles businesses showcase local artisans and craftspeople. An intriguing variety of artwork will be shown including glass jewelry, organic inspired pottery, and railroad themed paintings.

Visitors are welcome to stroll through the unique shops along Niles Boulevard, buy plants to follow inspirations from the garden tour, eat at a cozy cafe or relax in the plaza. In addition, the Niles Canyon Railroad offers train rides through Niles Canyon featuring spring wildflowers in bloom.

For more information on the "Wildflower, Art, Garden Tour and Quilt Show," visit www.niles.org or call the Niles Main Street Association at (510) 742-9868.

Wildflower, Art, Garden Tour and Quilt Show
Sunday, May 19
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Downtown Niles
(510) 742-9868
www.niles.org

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