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Retirement Sale at The Playful Garden!

Dear Playful Garden Customers,

ret-sale-1I’m so excited to let you know that I’m retiring!

Eight years ago I had a dream that came to fruition, which was to open a garden art shop in Downtown, Napa. I opened the store just as our economy began to tank. I was probably (well, certainly) somewhat naïve. I knew it would be a lot of work, but I believed I would be successful and I was up for the challenge. Making a profit was not my main priority—making people smile and bringing a little joy into their lives was. I’m forever grateful to my husband, Mike for supporting me in every aspect of operating a successful retail business. Without his support, The Playful Garden would have never survived the myriad of challenges we faced with the economy and renewal of our Downtown.

Over the years, I’ve learned a lot—from how to run a credit card to how to stage a window display. But more importantly, I learned a whole lot of life lessons: respect for money, respect for people’s personal space, when to listen to my intuition and act upon it, forgiveness (including forgiveness to self), how to go with the flow and trust …the list goes on and on. I have to say that it’s been a great adventure and a lot of fun, and I feel that it was worth every moment that I invested. Working at The Playful Garden most often felt like play as opposed to work… that’s what happens when you love what you do.

As an adjunct to the lessons, I also made sacrifices in relation to taking good care of myself and in relation to my family by not being as available as I could otherwise have been. I’m nearly 70 and at this stage in my life, I am no longer willing to make those kinds of sacrifices. I want to spend more time with my loved ones, be as healthy as I can possibly be, and experience even more things in life that bring me joy.

I am taking with me the very best that The Playful Garden has had to offer. I’m proud of what was created and extremely grateful to those who helped along the way. Even though The Playful Garden won’t exist anymore as a brick and mortar, the joy that I believe it brought to others will last way beyond what is tangible. The “Garden” will live on in thousands of gardens and homes, both local and beyond.thank-you2

Best of all, I will carry in my heart all of the friendships I’ve made—and at the top of the list are my amazing employees! Yasuko, Shon and Nancy (and Lorna part-time)–your loyalty, dedication and outstanding work ethics were/are beyond what I could have ever imagined. I attribute much of The Playful Garden’s success to your friendliness and stellar customer service! To all of my friends: In the midst of my business day you brightened my life with your smiling faces, shared your hearts with me, boosted me up when needed, and enlightened me with your loving wisdom. Who could ask for more? I feel blessed many times over that you are all a part of my life.

Last of all, I want to let you know that in my retirement I’m planning to donate some of my time in the healing world of gardening with those who are grieving or lonely. More to come on that later!

So that’s it. This Saturday, December 3, the big “Retirement Sale” will begin and on December 31, 2016, The Playful Garden will close its doors. Please stop by to say farewell and grab some deals on our products as well!

With much love and appreciation, I say farewell and thank you for the gifts you brought MY way…

Happy Holidays!

Mimi Glavin, Owner

The Playful Garden, 1201 First St., Napa, CA 94559  707-258-8880

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November 30, 2016 at 8:15 pm Leave a comment

Napa Live: Inside at The Playful Garden!


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Have you ever heard Bohemian Nouveau? This wholesome, home-grown genre was created by local musicians John Kelly and Jennifer Jekel. Come to The Playful Garden this Sunday from 1-4pm to experience the music of this awesome duo! John’s vocals of traditional Celtic songs accompanied by Jennifer on mandolin, or Jennifer’s melodic and sensual mandolin accompanied by John’s bass-y and clever guitar will bring a smile to any audience, whisking the listener away to some far corner of the world through song.


We are thrilled to be showing the work of three new local artists at The Playful Garden:Crane

Juliane Poirier

Juliane uses watercolor, gouache and colored pencil to create highly stylized images of nature. An artist since childhood, she was influenced by her mother, Mary Jane Poirier and grandfather, Adelard Daniel Poirier, both highly-skilled representational artists. Juliane believes art is a spiritual path; she creates images purely for the sake of bringing joy and comfort to herself and others.


saguaro&woodpecker_dove_edited-1Kathy Dennett

Kathy has been painting Pennsylvania-Dutch hex signs (folk art in the round) for over 15 years. Many locals will remember (and may have purchased!) her beautiful, symmetrical signs which were displayed at the former Pearl Restaurant in Napa. In addition to painting in the round, Kathy also started painting with oils on canvas. “Loosing the rules of symmetry is quite freeing!” she says. Her oil paintings are colorful and stunning. You may see some of them incorporated into wine labels as well.

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Deborah Childress is a mixed media sculptor born in Marin County. She captures the elegance of botanical elements in her rich, detailed mirror frames, panels and boxes.

Deborah’s products are made using natural materials for impressions, then making two to four molds before going into production. Each minutely-detailed piece is hand cast individually in fiber-reinforced gypsum, hand detailed, then patinaed with four to six layers of metallic pigment. The result is a structurally strong, relatively light product that looks and feels like metal.

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Deborah will be setting up a large display of her work at The Playful Garden especially for Sunday’s “Napa Live” Event and she will be offering a 10% discount to attendees!

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We look forward to seeing you this Sunday afternoon at The Playful Garden, 1201 First St. at the corner of First and Coombs!


June 3, 2016 at 12:15 am Leave a comment

Artist Juliane Poirier — Opening Reception

Rooster Head (2)Please join us this Saturday, May 7 from 1-4pm for Juliane Poirier’s Opening Reception and the debut of her new watercolors!

Juliane uses watercolor, gouache and colored pencil to create highly stylized images of nature. An artist since childhood, she was influenced by her mother, Mary Jane Poirier and grandfather, Adelard Daniel Poirier, both highly-skilled representational artists. Juliane believes art is a spiritual path; she creates images purely for the sake of bringing joy and comfort to herself and others.

Enjoy live music, coffee, tea and cookies while you admire her delightful artwork (which would make a perfect gift for Mother’s Day!).

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May 4, 2016 at 8:45 pm Leave a comment

Upcoming Holiday Events

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Cheers from The Playful Garden! We have two fun holiday events coming up:


Please join us this Saturday afternoon for a book-signing event with local author Roseanne Kirby. 10% of our sales during the event will benefit the Napa County Animal Shelter. If you have any used towels or blankets to spare, please bring them with you to help keep the animals warm at the shelter. Hot apple cider and goodies for canines (and their owners) will be served. Take a free ride around town on the Holiday Wine Trolley after the event (see information below).

Thursday, 12/12, 4-7PM

Mark your calendars for a jewelry trunk show you won’t want to miss. Next Thursday, December 12 from 4-7PM, local artist Sonia Lub will be sharing a larger selection of her unique jewelry which is already on display at The Playful Garden. Beautiful jewelry. Beautiful person. Come join us!


Hop on the Horse & Carriage at the corner of Coombs & First (Coombs Plaza) for a free ride around town from 4:30-7:30PM every Thursday before Christmas. This coming Thursday, stop by The Playful Garden for Sonia’s jewelry trunk show and warm up with a hot cup of apple cider and holiday treats!

Free trolley rides on the festive Holiday Wine Trolley in Downtown Napa every Fri., Sat. & Sun. from 3-6PM! The Trolley loop stops at four locations: The Andaz Hotel, Napa River Inn, Oxbow Public Market and Main and Pearl. Come on down, get on the trolley and be a tourist in your own town this holiday season.

Before or after your horse and carriage or trolley ride, stop by The Playful Garden to shop for unique holiday gifts. Our hours have been extended for your shopping convenience (see hours below). We have new products for you to see, and we’d love to see you, too!

Happy Holidays from The Playful Garden Staff

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1201 First St., Napa, CA  707-258-8880

Holiday Hours: Mon.-Wed. 10AM-6PM, Thurs.-Sat. 10AM-8PM, Sun. 11AM-5PM

December 6, 2013 at 5:45 pm Leave a comment

Duke the Dog Explorer Book Signing


Please join us for our first event of the Holiday Season, to be held this Saturday from 1-4PM! It’s the book signing of a delightful book called “Duke the Dog Explorer,” written by local author Roseanne Kirby.

Roseanne and her husband, Bruce, have enjoyed the Napa Valley as home for many years. She was inspired and challenged to capture the story of their rambunctious pup (“Duke”) by friends and family. Duke’s antics are entertaining vignettes about their life in Napa and true stories of a dog looking for adventure in wine country. The book is beautifully illustrated by Dave Huddleston.

Image10% of our sales during the “Duke” book-signing event will be donated to the Napa County Animal Shelter.

The dogs and cats at the Napa County Animal Shelter get cold in the winter, too, and there is a need for used towels, sheets and blankets. If you have clean bedding to spare, please bring it with you and we’ll make sure it gets to the Animal Shelter.

There will be treats for everyone on Saturday afternoon–including your canine friends! Hope to see you there–

The Playful Garden Staff

December 3, 2013 at 2:50 am 1 comment

“Jingle Bell Trot” on First St. in Napa 12/15

DowntownXmas_poster2012_v2Put your bells on your toes and jingle all the way up or down First St. in Napa on Saturday, December 15th from 3-7pm or…TROT your way inside a horse-drawn carriage!

A $5/person suggested donation to COPE Family Center will get you on board for a delightful horse-drawn carriage ride (Napa Valley Carriage Co.) through downtown First and Second Streets. Jump in the carriage at Coombs & First Street and you and eleven other lucky passengers will enjoy the holiday lights, store-front decorations and the clip-clop of the horses that will literally take you back in time to the “good old days.”

But there’s more, ‘cause the “good old days” are now. This celebration is intended to be a festive open house, where you can meet the owners and employees of your downtown businesses face to face…and where more than 20 businesses on First Street in Napa will be spreading holiday cheer with offerings of free beverages, holiday treats, music and special offers for patrons and shoppers.

“Jingle Bells” is music to our ears…want to join with your neighbors, family and friends to share your voice or instruments? Join “The Four Sopranos” who will be caroling on First Street and bring joy to others this holiday season.

This event is sponsored by the following merchants on First Street. It’s our gift to you.

Anette’s Chocolates * Artists of the Valley Gallery * The Beaded Nomad * Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream * Ceja * Inti * Miyamo * The Mustard Seed Clothing Co. * Napa Valley Jewelers * The Napa Valley Toy Co. * Quent Cordair Fine Art * Sala Salon * Santa Napa Claus * Shoes on First * Silver Sensations * Small World Restaurant * Sushi Mambo * Tarla Mediterranean Grill * The Playful Garden * The Shops at Napa Center * West End Napa * Wildcat Vintage Clothing * Williamson & Co. Men’s Wear * Yarns on First

December 12, 2012 at 7:07 pm Leave a comment

If you love homegrown organic tomatoes, raise your hand!

Playful Digs

1201 First St., Napa


“Tips for Growing Tasty Tomatoes”

Saturday, June 2, 10:30AM

A presentation and book signing by author

Claire Splan

California Fruit & Vegetable Gardening Book CoverLeave those watery, flavorless, pesticide-laden tomatoes at the grocery store!

Claire Splan, author of the newly-released book, California Fruit & Vegetable Gardening, will provide tried-and-true tips for growing the most delicious organic tomatoes you’ve ever tasted. From plant selection and planting, watering and feeding, pest and disease control, all the way to harvest—you’ll learn everything you need to know to produce fruit that is healthy, chemical-free, good for you and good for your garden.

Presentation: Native Sons Hall, 937 Coombs St., Napa (above Playful Digs)

Book signing at Playful Digs following the presentation.

Call 707-252-8882 to reserve a space!;


May 15, 2012 at 2:34 am Leave a comment

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