March 28, 2017
The Garden Club had a wonderful guest speaker today”Marie” from a farm called “Hidden Springs Lavender” She lives in Skillman NJ on her families farm. Listening to her talk I could hear her passion of Lavender in her voice. She gave up a corporate job to pursue her passion. She must have got a whiff of this flower and it is now her happy life.
Things I learned from her talk in raising my purple plant is they can only be grown outside…(not a houseplant.) They like a clay soil and need no fertilizer. They will bloom in mounds in the garden from April until September. Then they need to be trimmed back to a mound shape for the Winter months. In the winter you can dry the Lavender branches. The only way to release the smell is by touching the dried branches-this activates the fragrance. The fragrance then can be used in a number of products she makes by hand. Such as- an herbal tea….teddy bears for soothing sick pediatric patients and numerous soaps. The smell is soothing and theraputic for humans. The good news is Deer don’t like Lavender!