May 15, 2018 > Flowers & art bloom at spring celebration
Flowers & art bloom at spring celebration
Submitted By Keith Elrod
Theres no better way to welcome the upcoming summer than to spend the day in Fremonts Historic Niles District. And when theres something special to do for people of all ages, it just cant get better! This years Wildflower, Art, Garden, and Quilt Show on Sunday, May 20 offers a large variety of activities, so visitors are encouraged to arrive early and take it all in.
Niles always offers the Gardeners Garden Tour. This is an area rich in horticultural history where plants just love to grow. Luckily, residents are willing to share their diverse gardens with fellow enthusiasts. Visit gardens from traditional to modern, xeriscapes (arranging native drought resistant plants in efficient, water-saving ways), and homes featuring the Alameda County Water Districts Lose your Lawn program. Whether its a bungalow or modern setting, there are gardeners to share stories and ideas to take home from this self-guided tour.
The Quilt Show is becoming one of the favorite annual parts of this event, and this year antique and new quilts will be displayed at the homes on the Garden Tour. These fiber art pieces will be present along with artists and their related works in selected gardens.
The Garden Tour will be open throughout the show, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets are $12 when purchased in advance before May 18 at www.niles.org, or $15 on the day of the event. Maps to guide you to the participating gardens will be available at Color Me Quilts, 37495 Niles Boulevard, on the day of the event.
Also available along Niles Boulevard are vendors offering plants for sale, gardening tips, and demonstrations to allow those tour-inspired ideas become reality. These will include growers such as Nathan Krupa of Crescent Hill Nursery in Watsonville with rare and unusual plants, as well as Friends of Heirloom Flowers with information for home gardeners about heirloom flowers.
In addition to plant vendors and gardening items there will be a selection of stores and exhibitors offering non-gardening items for sale, such as jewelry and fabric art. 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 find help at Color Me Quilts. To entertain those less interested in shopping, a visit to the Niles Depot and Model Railroad Museum in the Niles Plaza is always interesting.
To experience a piece of horticultural history, visit LEAFs (Local Ecology and Agriculture Fremont) new location at the site of the California Nursery Company (Niles Boulevard and Nursery Avenue). This new non-profit is dedicated to providing environmental education and sustainable ecological practices. Plants will be offered for sale and tours of the garden are available. LEAF volunteers will be on hand to talk to visitors about the historic site and show off the gardens they maintain for the City. Besides the spectacular Rose Garden, there are also butterfly, shade, and Japanese gardens, plus an informal community garden.
Havent had enough of plants and history? The Niles Canyon Railroad will be running from Niles to Sunol with their annual Wildflower Train (http://ncry.org/).
The Niles Main Street Association will have an information booth located at 37521 Niles Boulevard the morning of the event to help guide people through all the activities.
With such a great variety of features, dont miss this fabulous spring fling!
Niles Wildflower, Art, Garden, and Quilt Show
Sunday, May 20
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Downtown Niles, Fremont
Garden Tour: $12 advance, $15 day of event