Pumpkin Garden Fest!

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It was a cloudy, breezy morning at the Carefree Pumpkin Garden Festival. We couldn’t have asked for better conditions this time of year, when the heat finally breaks and desert autumn weather begins to take its place. The festival was nestled in the garden area of the low-key, artisan-centric town of Carefree, just beyond the North Phoenix and Cave Creek areas. Driving into this town makes me feel like we’ve driven for hours outside of Phoenix, instead of just 25 minutes. I consider it to be a wilder-y, rural-ish town. The 4-acre desert botanical gardens are free and open to the public, and feature a collection of native plants, trees, and flowers, along with the festival’s clever assemblage of pumpkins. I especially love the water features and various landscape materials throughout. Beautiful mountains (some of them dotted in green! 🙂 ) and a collection of clouds accompanied the festivities. The shift in weather and the celebratory vibes eased my mind and made the promise of changing seasons palpable.

Pumpkin Garden Fest | SimpleBrightLife.com

Pumpkin Garden Fest | SimpleBrightLife.com

Pumpkin Garden Fest | SimpleBrightLife.com

Pumpkin Garden Fest | SimpleBrightLife.com

Ray Villafane, the world-renowned sculptor and carver. Ray shared a bit of his artistic life story and career adventures with us – so interesting! Check them out here.

Pumpkin Garden Fest | SimpleBrightLife.com

The design of the fingers and limbs is so neat!

Pumpkin Garden Fest | SimpleBrightLife.com

The solid pumpkins are fake to ensure they are not damaged by the sun or wildlife.

Pumpkin Garden Fest | SimpleBrightLife.com

Pumpkin Garden Fest | SimpleBrightLife.com

Such a great piece of floor, AND it’s outdoors!

Pumpkin Garden Fest | SimpleBrightLife.com

Pumpkin Garden Fest | SimpleBrightLife.com

The Carefree Sundial is the largest in the country. Get the specs here.

Pumpkin Garden Fest | SimpleBrightLife.com

Pumpkin Garden Fest | SimpleBrightLife.com

Aww

Pumpkin Garden Fest | SimpleBrightLife.com

These guys are Ray’s carvings which were pickled in a vinegar solution (preserves the pumpkin for up to a year) and the jars were nestled in fiberglass cacti. So cool!

Pumpkin Garden Fest | SimpleBrightLife.com

Pumpkin Garden Fest | SimpleBrightLife.com

Trouble!

Pumpkin Garden Fest | SimpleBrightLife.com

Love the detail on this guy

Pumpkin Garden Fest | SimpleBrightLife.com

Pumpkin Garden Fest | SimpleBrightLife.com

Amazing!

Pumpkin Garden Fest | SimpleBrightLife.com

And, scene. 🙂

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