Monday, August 22, 2011

How Does Your Garden Grow?

I have always loved gardens and the peace I feel when my hands touch the soil. I don't think of it as getting dirty because it's not dirt ... it's soil. A place where my plants will call home and flourish. Living in an apartment certainly has limitations when it comes to a garden, but after my recent visit to The Dragonfly Shops & Gardens the creative juices are flowing again.

Located in historic Old Town Orange, The Dragonfly Shops & Gardens is nestled away from the busy streets and shops. When you walk through the archway of this vintage 1920's house that has been converted into a retail store, you are instantly transported to a land of nymphs and fairies. I could have spent an hour just wondering through the front yard. Inside the house, you will wander through various rooms filled with unique treasures made by local artisans.

Can I just take this entire collection home?

Dylan and I had the opportunity to attend a class with OC Family and learn how to make our very own fairy garden in Dragonfly Hollow. Yes, I said fairy garden. What, you don't believe in fairies? How else do you think those little rocks get moved in your garden?

Dylan said he didn't want to get his hands dirty ... haha

Carefully placing the rocks

He refused to have fairy dust put in his garden because it was purple.

Ever try getting 7 kids to look at the camera?

Dylan's garden, complete with a pirate!

The kids had so much fun and I can't wait to go back so I can make a garden or two of my own in Dragonfly Hollow. Just look at all of the items you can choose from.

These are my favorites...

Dragonfly Hollow Fairy Garden classes ($10) are offered the 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month at 10:00 am and Children's Fairy Garden classes ($20) are offered on the 3rd Saturday of the month at 9:00 am. Call 714-289-4689 to reserve your spot in the garden.

If you are in Orange County, you should definitely visit The Dragonfly Shops & Gardens ... I promise you won't leave empty handed or disappointed.

The ladies of Dragonfly Hollow were so nice and they even offered all of my readers a 20% discount just for mentioning Life with Dylan.

You can find The Dragonfly Shops & Gardens on Facebook and Twitter


  1. Looks like lots of fun! My kiddos love to garden too. :)

  2. I've seen this place on other blogs before, and each time I see it it looks so dang cute I wanna go! I love quaint little places like this! Looks like he had fun making his fairy/pirate garden =)

    Oh, and seeing what time you posted this......makes me feel guilty for having been asleep rather than working on blog posts! lol! you're awesome!

  3. haha, it was a night of insomnia! The Dragonfly Shops & Gardens is so much fun. We should plan a day to go together ... without the kids! ;)

  4. It was so fun to meet you and Dylan was a riot!