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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.

DeGingko Branch Mirrorborah Childress

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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Grapevine 6×6 tibetan red

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

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

Coming soon to Playful Digs…author Matthew Levesque!

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1201 First St., Napa    707-252-8882


“Think Outside The Garden Box” with author Matthew Levesque

Saturday, June 23, 2012


Revolutionary Yardscape BookAre you looking for ways to re-purpose what is typically referred to as “junk” to make something really cool for your garden? If so, then this presentation at Playful Digs is for YOU!

Meet author and master of reuse Matthew Levesque at our store on Saturday, June 23rd and learn how to make rain chains from salvaged materials, discover new ways to re-purpose those broken flower pots and glean some new ideas for the old walkway as well. Matthew will share tips from his book, The Revolutionary Yardscape, featuring dozens of garden design projects and inspirational ideas for re-purposing materials found in the home, junkyard or thrift store. A book signing will follow his 1-hr. presentation.

Mtthew LevesqueAs program manager and master of recycled art for San Francisco’s Building Resources and its side project, The Red Shovel Glass Company, Matthew Levesque makes it his mission to divert reusable materials from landfills. And with his background in building, remodeling, and cutting edge garden design, he has a plethora of reuse ideas to share. Matthew has appeared on HGTV, The Discovery Channel, the San Francisco CBS affiliate and other local broadcasts.

Join us on Saturday the 23rd at 10:30AM and you’re likely to find that there’s beauty and possibility in almost anything! This presentation will be held in our store and is free to all garden-lovers!

June 11, 2012 at 11:46 pm Leave a comment



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