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May 13, 2014 > Deep in the heart of spring

Deep in the heart of spring

By Linda-Robin Craig

If you find yourself in Niles on Sunday, May 18, chances are you are on a treasure hunt. The Niles Main Street AssociationÕs annual ÒWildflower, Art, Garden and Quilt ShowÓ is a day when, armed with a treasure map of the garden tour, visitors can stroll through green and colorful gardens, filled with succulents and roses. Maps are not necessary to visit walk along the sidewalks, visit the shops and enjoy the Town Plaza of historic Niles, filled with colorful quilts, flowers and garden information and springtime treasures.

The Garden Tour includes 11 private home gardens and The California Nursery Historic Park. Visit gardens from traditional to modern xeriscaped (arranging native, drought-resistant plants in efficient, water-saving ways), including homes featuring the Alameda County Water DistrictÕs Lose Your Lawn Program. Artists and their related works will be present in selected gardens; what a treasure!

Purchase a map and take the tour; identify these mystery gardens:

ÒMy garden gives children a chance to play, explore, and learn by growing food in our raised beds and containers.Ó Ð Lisa

ÒMy Garden of Eden surrounds my 100-plus-year-old-house and IÕm also a mosaic artist so there is a life-size ballerina featuring mosaic art in my garden.Ó - Sandra

ÒWe get lots of shade so we try to make the best use of our sunny spots by using a drip system and lots of moveable planters.Ó Ð John and Maureen

ÒCome see our backyard butterfly and hummingbird oasis. Many of our flowers and plants have been planted for us over the years by visiting birds and other animals, and we like to let nature take its course.Ó Ð Libby

"Our gardens are an example of Old World Castle Gardens from the Tuscan region of Italy. Benvenuto! Welcome!" - Ray and Tina

Visit the spectacular Rose Garden at the California Nursery Historic Park, located on Niles Boulevard at Nursery Avenue. LEAF volunteers will be on hand to talk about the historic site and show off the gardens they maintain for the City. In addition to the Rose Garden, there are also butterfly, shade and Japanese gardens, plus an informal community garden.

Sidewalk vendors will be in town with plants, gardening tips, and demonstrations to enjoy. These will include growers like Nathan Krupa of Crescent Hill Nursery in Watsonville with rare and unusual plants, as well as Friends of Heirloom Flowers who have information for home gardeners about heirloom flowers. Other vendors will feature jewelry and fabric art.

Niles Town Plaza will have quilts on display throughout the day with examples from quilters in Fremont, Livermore, Norton Hills and more. These will include vintage hand-sewn quilts as well as modern, machine quilting. Quilt squares for pillows, totes or wall hangings will be displayed at Not Just Quiltz; visitors may vote for a favorite design.

Color Me Quilts and More will feature Quilts of Honor and a fund raising raffle to help support their efforts. The mission of Quilts of Honor is to Òbestow a universal symbol and token of thanks, solace, and remembrance to those who serve in harmÕs way to protect and defend our lives and freedoms.Ó

The Fremont Art Association is participating in the event with their third annual Fiber Arts and Flower Show. YouÕll see lovely displays of crochet, free form, knitting, quilting, sewing and many other forms of the needle arts. They will offer items for sale that make wonderful gifts.

Souvenir charms will be available for $2 along the Charm Trail in select shops in Niles. If you would like to have them attached to a bracelet you can get help at Piece by Piece, right next door to Color Me Quilts and More.

With such a great variety of elements, donÕt miss this fabulous spring fling!

Visit to purchase the Garden Tour map in advance for $12, or purchase the day of the event for $15 at the booth in Front of Tyme For Tea, 37501 Niles Boulevard.

Wildflower, Art, Garden and Quilt Show
Sunday, May 18
10 a.m. Ð 4 p.m.
Downtown Niles, Fremont
Garden Tour: 10 a.m. Ð 3 p.m.
California Nursery Historic Park
Niles Blvd at Nursery Ave, Fremont
(510) 742-9868

Garden Tour Map: $12 advance online, $15 day of event

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