A Perfect Day to Celebrate Spring
Right from the party’s start, laughter filled the backyard. The sun peeked out from behind the clouds – as though curious about what all the celebration was for. Aromas of fresh-baked pizza drew guests towards the wood-fired oven, and acoustic music emanated through the crowd and over the fence.
Younger guests delighted at the chance to pick out their very own seeds and plant them in small containers that they took with them. Adults had a great time tasting local beers, catching up with friends, and learning about how to make this gardening season their best one yet.
It was a beautiful day to be outside, and everyone who stopped by walked away smiling – many of them, arms laden with plant seedlings to brighten their gardens at home.
What a perfect day to celebrate spring at GardenFest! Thank you to all the friends, supporters, vendors, and garden enthusiasts who joined us on Saturday, May 6th and made the afternoon so special. It warms our hearts to see our community coming together to appreciate this wonderful time of year.
Here’s a collection of some of our favorite images from this fun event – all taken by local photographer Amy Leist.
Michael Cleaver of Abundant Harvest shared his fresh, organic produce with guests.
The array of native plants sold by California Native Plant Society – Bristlecone Chapter was a big draw for local gardeners.
Rosemary Jarrett and Katie Quinlan of the California Native Plant Society smile in front of their table of beautiful native plants for sale.
At the Master Gardeners table, gardening tips – and many laughs – were shared. Roberta Lagomarsini, Edie Warkentine, and Erich Warkentine helped answer locals’ gardening-related questions.
Pizzas – hot out of the oven!
By the end of GardenFest, Gina Barsi of Chalfant Big Trees Farm & Feed (left) was completely sold out of the seedlings she brought with her for the day’s festivities.
Eastern Sierra Land Trust’s Education Coordinator and AmeriCorps Member, Indigo Johnson, was delighted to help locals find interesting native plants for their landscaping. ESLT Board Member Randy Keller took several seedlings home.
Mark Wagner of Owens Valley Growers Co-Op kept hungry GardenFest attendees happy with his wood-fired pizzas.
With Melanie Otto’s help, Mountain Rambler Brewery co-owner Joe Lane shared samples of his latest brews with GardenFest guests.
Cindy Kamler of Eastern Sierra Wildlife Care (left) came out to share her knowledge about how to help native wildlife if they wander into your yard. She was joined for this photo by friend Kathy Duvall.