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.
And, scene. 🙂