To the Professional Photographers taking family portraits in the gardens there is a fee of $35.00. Please call ahead and let us know.
Summers Past Farms
15602 Olde Hwy 80
Flinn Springs, CA 92021
Closed Monday & Tuesday
Wednesday - Saturday:
9:00am - 5:00pm
10:00am - 5:00pm
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Holiday Open House
Thursday, November 13th 5:00 - 8:00 pm
You are invited to start your holiday season at Summers Past Farms. Be inspired by our selection of fall and Christmas gifts and home decor. The Barn will be filled with lights and the trimmings of the season. The store is a special place to be in the evening with all the holiday sparkle and the scents of the season. The Soap Shoppe will have special holiday soaps and gifts ready for the giving. Come with all your friends.
Making this an old fashion open house please bring a plate of your favorite homemade cookies for the cookie table. We will have Christmas music & hot wassail for you to enjoy at this most enjoyable event. Live Music by: Jim Earp outside under the Christmas lights.
Herbal Hand Salve & Lip Balm
November 8, Saturday 10:00am - 12:00pm
Enjoy making your own salves. In this class you will learn how to infuse fresh herbs and flowers in oil, and turn them into hand salves. Your hands will love the silky feeling of being replenished with the rich oils. Includes recipes and you’ll take home hand salve and lip balm.
Fee $28.00 -- Sheryl Lozier
Soap Making Demonstration!
November 22nd, Saturday 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Time to make soap for the Holidays! This demonstration will give you the confidence to start making your own. You will observe the soap making process, learn the techniques, and help stir. See how the finest all vegetable based herbal soaps are made. You will receive some soap samples of our favorite soaps and save 10% on soap making supplies the day of the demonstration.
Registration required. Fee $25.00 -- Sheryl Lozier
New gift items arriving every week.
Winners for the 2014 Fairy Garden Contest
(Gardens are judged on Where a Fairy would most likely want to live)
Voting was by the public viewing
9 years & under
10 years – 16 years
Adult 17 years & older
Summers Past Farms Tomato Soup flour sack dish towel. Perfect gift for all your friends $10.95.
Summers Past Farms Lavender Lemonade flour sack dish towel. Perfect gift for all your friends $10.95.
Every summer Sheryl makes her favorite lavender lemonade for the lavender festival in June now she shares the recipe on this flour sack dish towel.
The nursery is fully stocked with Sage & Habitat plants for songbirds, hummingbirds & butterflies.
The nursery is filled with colorful geraniums, our best collection ever!
This is the most beautiful time of the year the gardens are blooming.
Come visit the Cozy Nest home décor itís all new!
Shop from the new collection by Martha Lae.
The nursery is filled with herbs, vegetables and colorful flowers for your garden.
Meet our newest cat!
Her name is Chamomile.
Winter is the time for the garden to drop its leaves and the rains to nourish the soils.
I have a new kitten! Meet Sunny. Just adopted him from Friends of Cats. He's already working in my office!
Creating a fairy garden
You donít have to be a wee one to enjoy these miniatures
By Valerie Lemke, Special to the San Diego Union-Tribune (see U-T website)
From mud pies to miniature mountains, children have always played in the garden. Sheryl and Marshall Lozier, proprietors of Summers Past Farms in Flinn Springs, believe with the advent of fairy gardens, this pastime isn’t strictly child’s play.
“Fairy gardens are for everybody,” Sheryl said of the trend of creating Lilliputian landscapes meant to be inhabited by wee winged folk. Much like dollhouses of yesteryear, they are also meant to be played with — by children, as well as adults.
“You can make your garden any size and in just about anything — a wheelbarrow, fire pit, chair, drawer, even an Altoid box,” she said.
Imaginative, inexpensive accessories run the gamut from shells, rocks and make-it-yourself fences to signage, water interests and bedding plants. “Kids have collections and they’ll want to put in their treasures, too,” Sheryl said. In addition, miniature garden furniture, houses, and the fairies themselves are available online and at nurseries and craft stores.
Sheryl tacks a decorative twig onto a 3-by-3-foot box that Marshall made from cedar planks and tree branches from the nursery grounds. It includes a screen stapled to the bottom for drainage.
Filled with potting soil and some furniture, Sheryl tucks colorful bedding plants into place.
Place box in desired spot (your fairy garden should be slightly hidden, an enchanting surprise for those who come upon it). Fill box with potting soil ($6 to $10 for 2 cubic feet) and wedge slabs of bark into soil to create varying levels. Begin adding amenities: pebbled paths, homemade stair rounds, twig fences, fairy cottages and small bedding plants (about $2.95 for a six-pack). “This is not just for children,” said Sheryl. “You can see I’m having fun.”
You can make a birdbath by gluing together a tiny terra-cotta pot and saucer with water-resistant glue (about $6 for a trio of pots at a nursery or craft shop). Paint it your favorite color with acrylic paint.
With imagination, a fairy garden can be created almost completely with collected or homemade items such as shells, pebbles, acorns, ceramic knickknacks, wire gazebos, ponds, signage and twig fences. You can also augment with miniature furnishings found online at nurseries or craft shops. From $3 to $45, you’ll find tables, pails, watering cans, garden tools, farm animals, lanterns, cottages and, of course, fairies.
This photo homes in on some details in a complete garden. The project can be as elaborate or as simple as you like as long as it is replete with at least one winged sprite. It takes about an afternoon to complete.
"The Garden Silently Invites Us
Into Her Healing Embrace
Where Our Spirit Comes To The Fore
Free, Empowered, Whole."
- Erhard Vogel
Summer & Woody are enjoying the sweet pea maze.
Words just canít describe how beautiful life is!
Chicks at Summers Past
Sherylís new puppy Summer
Take an afternoon to enjoy the shade of our pavilion or picnic in the shade of our trees while enjoying our House Blend Mango Iced Tea, a smoothie or iced coffee drink!
photograph by Nick Broomis
Summers Past Farms is a small family business nestled in the foothills just 30 minutes east of downtown San Diego on historic Old Highway 80. Because the climate is one of the mildest in the United States, Sheryl & Marshall Lozier are busy planting, harvesting and crafting all year long.
Our retail shop is housed in a 3,500 square foot post-and-timber barn we built ourselves. The barn is always a fun place to shop and see what's new for the season! Come see all the new fairy items, gardening and cookbooks, country furniture, garden statues, and home dťcor items. In our plant and herb nursery, you'll delight in a selection of culinary herbs, ornamental landscape plants, water-wise plants, native plants, and well as many beautiful flowers for every season. You can see the plants in our decorative or herb gardens.
We also invite you to visit our herbal soap shop where we have been making the finest all natural vegetable based soaps, hand salves and lavender sprays since 1992. Start making your own today! Soap Making kits and supplies are available along with a full line of essential and fragrance oils. Fine skin care products from around the world fill the tables in the spa-like getaway including dead sea products and French-milled soaps.
Enjoy your visit even more while sipping on your favorite coffee drink, smoothie or mango iced tea (our specialty). Stroll through the garden or enjoy a bench under our shady pavilion.
Come and see out beautiful flower gardens or join us at one of our many workshops or gardening classes. Our workshops are offered on the weekends, seasonally in our loft. Learn more about creating herbal vinegar, wreaths, herbal soap, hand salves, lip balms and gardening.
Many events are held annually including Sweet Pea Day Celebration, An Antique and Craft Fair (twice a year), wine tasting, a Fairy Festival, Lavender Day Celebration, Pumpkin Patch, and a Holiday Open House.