Jan and Perle Harvey-Smith model their all-natural crowns at the ninth annual Art in the Garden Festival July 18 at the Ballard P-Patch. CLICK IMAGE FOR MORE PHOTOS.
VIDEO and SLIDESHOW: Art in the Garden draws crowds
The ninth annual Ballard art in the Garden Festival drew crowds the the Ballard P-Patch July 18.
The festival, which lasted from 10 a.m. to 6. p.m., featured 10 musical acts, 24 artist booths and a beer garden.
Self-described festival czar Kelly Ryan said he expected this year's Art in the Garden to be the biggest yet, with the festival getting mentioned on KPLZ and drawing three-times as many people to its Web site this year than in 2008.
"One of our goals as a P-Patch is to bring in nieghbors to our local garden," Ryan said. "And, this is how we do it."
He said 46 neighbors with gardens in the P-Patch, more than half the P-Patch's occupants, volunteered to help at the festival.
"That's commitment," Ryan said. "It makes me feel good to see that level of commitment."
Ellen Cafferty, a P-Patch gardener and Art in the Garden volunteer, was manning the entry to the beer garden on Saturday.
She said the festival is a great event to give attention to local artists and musicians. She said she volunteered because she loves the Ballard P-Patch.
"This is such a great place," Cafferty said. "It supports the Ballard Food Bank. It's a genuine community of people who love to garden."
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