Art & Garden

Paige and I had a girl's morning / early afternoon day at Petaluma's Art and Garden Festival.  So many sites to see, taste and smell. 
Petaluma's Art & Garden Festival was started in 2002 by volunteers and the Petaluma Downtown Association as a way to raise funds for the beautification of downtown Petaluma, and to provide a place to showcase the work local artists and gardeners. And it's a Free event.
Lavender.  I love lavender.  You couldn't walk by this booth without stopping.  It smelled SO good.....if you like the smell of lavender.
The lavender was full of honey bees.  We watched them for a few minutes.  The sun was SO bright, it was difficult to get a good shot.
I like going to a garden festival mainly for new ideas that I can incorporate into our yard at home.  Loved the color of this cage.
Iron furniture always looks so perfect in a garden, doesn't it?
I thought this little chicken coop was so cute, especially with the flower garden roof.
Lots of colorful goodies to check out.
In the center of the festival, they had a stage for bands that played throughout the day, chairs, tables and umbrellas set up. 
Wine and food is also a must at any festival.  Wine and beer tasting tickets were available to purchase.
Food sampling tickets were also available for food from a number of Petaluma restaurants:
Brixx: Gourmet Thin Crust Pizza
Teriyaki & Double Dipped (Hot & Teriyaki) Chicken Wings

Jerome's BBQ: Pulled Pork with Coleslaw & BBQ Chicken Tres Hombres: Tacos Taps Restaurant: Meatloaf Sliders with Caramelized Onions Maguire's Irish Pub: Tofu, Shepard's Pie & BBQ Ribs Cordoza's Deli: Pulled Pork Sliders Petaluma Market: Local Cheese Plate Preferred Sonoma Caterers: Green Chili Pork Tacos with Apple Slaw and Pomegranate Ice Tea. Bert's Desserts: Award Winning & Handcrafted Chocolate Creams and Chocolate Covered Oreos.

As Paige and I were driving out, she spotted these little Alpacas.  We were in the middle of an intersection when I snapped this photo otherwise we would have gotten a closer shot.
They also had a kids section with face painting and a jumpy.  We somehow managed to escape without participating on the jumpy........sometimes it's just not a jumpy kind of day ~ too hot.


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