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Sunday, July 29, 2012

A Visit to Dragonfly Farms Nursery

Does anyone remember about 25 years ago, there was an attempt to reboot the old TV show The Twilight Zone? It was called the New Twilight Zone, and was made without Rod Serling's creepy introductions because he was...well...dead. One of the very first stories was called "Mr. Wong's Lost and Found Emporium," and began with the voice over:

"There is a place where everything that's ever been lost can be found again. A place where lost hopes, lost dreams, lost chances wait for someone to reclaim them. But before you can find them, first you must become the Twilight Zone."

I bet you're wondering where I'm going with this?

Well....there is a place where every plant you could ever hope to grow in your garden can be found. A place where garden hopes, garden dreams, and garden chances wait for you to claim them. But  before you can find them, you must become Dragonfly Farms.

This past weekend I finally managed to make my way up the Kitsap Peninsula to Dragonfly Farms Nursery, whose motto is "Where abnormality is the normality!"  If you read my post last weekend about my ill-fated nursery tour, you know I failed to make it to Dragonfly then. It was the machinations of Fate. If I had made it last week, I wouldn't have gone this weekend, when Heidi Kaster, the owner of Dragonfly, was hosting her first annual garden art festival. So, not only did I have the gorgeous, never-ending tables of plants to drool over, I also had lots of great garden art to check out and artists to chat with.

Garden Accents by Joyce from The Koi Garden -- Leaf castings and other concrete art

Megan Smith Pottery -- ceramic flowers on stakes

Bryant-Wright Studio -- colorful glass art, flowers made from found objects

Redfern Designs -- mosaic art

North Kitsap Metal Recycling LLC

TecWeld -- plasma cut, powder-coated metal art

Bob Wahr Creations -- Found object art, rusty barbed wire bird's nests

Bob Wahr isn't actually his name, but thats's what he called his company -- after the way his grand-dad used to say "barbed wire."

I visited Dragonfly Farms last year on the Garden Bloggers Fling, and wrote about it here. Over the winter Heidi added an espresso stand, that serves both drinks and food. The new food stand is sweet, it looks like it has always been there!

Isn't the little log cabin food stand cute? It even has a green roof.

The patio outside the stand has lovely little accents inlaid in the concrete.

This trellis is for sale, but also provides some adornment for the espresso stand.

There are great little umbrella-covered tables (where Nigel sat reading and drinking coffee while I shopped)

Heidi's display beds have plenty of garden art in them, lots of it for sale.

A rusty old farm implement adorns this bed. Why can't I get my annual poppies to stand up nice and straight like this?

There are lots Epimediums for sale

Also, lots of ferns!

You can barely take a step in Heidi's garden without finding something new to gasp at, and take a picture of.

We had a much easier time getting there this weekend, we drove up the other side of the Sound through Gig Harbor, instead of taking the ferry. It only took about an hour and a half to get there.

I only bought four plants. It was so hard to restrain myself, but I did it. I wanted to buy lots more, but I am running out of room, and I'm going to have a time of it keeping my current pot ghetto well watered for the summer. My plan is to plant anything I buy now in the fall, just before the rains return.

There was no tag, but Heidi kindly identified this for me as Hardy Begonia. Not Begonia grandis, though.

Roscoea purpurea 'Spice Island'

Arisaema nepenthoides

Cool stripy stems!

Cyrtomium caryotideum/Fishtail holly fern

After my visit to Dragonfly Farms, I had the rest of the day, the whole afternoon in fact, to spend at Heronswood, which was having a Garden Conservancy Open Day. I met up with Debbie Teashon for lunch and for the visit to Heronswood, where we toured the gardens there with her friend Philip, who used to work there. Debbie writes, a website that focuses on gardening in the PNW, and I first met her last year at the Fling. We had a lot of fun, but this post has gone on long enough. More about that next time!


  1. Glad you got to lunch with Debbie. I met her this year at the Fling.
    What a fun place to visit. Boy, if I had a big wallet....what I could spend. Think that Great Blue Heron statue is one of the best I have seen.

  2. You mean you walked away with "only" plants, no art? I am surprised! Nice choices though...and I'm jealous you made it to Heronswood!

  3. What a stunning nursery. Great nurseries are few and far between here in northern Michigan. Jealousy, jealousy, jealousy! And at the same time-glad you have such a great place to go! Lucky!!

  4. My goodness what a great time you had, beautiful specimens and great art! I wish we had nursery/gardens like that here..what's on the back side of the plant leaf in the last photo?

  5. What a fun place!!!! looks like you must of had a grand time :) I love the sedums on the roof!!!

  6. Yea! Dragonfly is one of my favorite places and your pictures made me feel like I was there. Sounds like you had a great time.

  7. Oh my gosh....sigh.

    Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

  8. I am drooling over some of that wonderful yard art.

  9. Wow, girl this looks like a fabulous destination garden. How nice of hubby to sit and read while you got to traipse around. I love your Twilight Zone introduction. Very apropos. I always comment that going to a great nursery is like entering a vortex where time gets all messed up. You come out a few minutes later and realize it's been 4 hours. :) Thanks for sharing, Alison. I'm looking forward to seeing Heronswood with you.

  10. My friends and I visited Heidi's wonderful nursery last month on our annual garden tour pilgrimage. It will be a damn shame if the county succeeds in closing her down.


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