A favorite family farm visit in Northern Michigan is also the site of a new agricultural crop finding success on the gentle farmlands near the 45th parallel. Rolling hills of lavender are creating a must see destination for tourists, garden clubs, families and plein air artists.
Visitors can enjoy a tour of the fields, join a class in making lavender wands, walk the lavender labyinth, shop a while in the giftshop, or sit under the big walnut tree to relax and contemplate the serene countryside. Individuals and groups can schedule a tour or consultation on growing lavender or beekeeping.
Lavender Hill Farms, established in 2003, is the largest commercial lavender farm in Michigan. The owners are committed to growing healthy varieties to supply the ever increasing demand for fresh and dried flowers, culinary lavender and a variety of sachets for home use. The farm is an earth friendly farm using no pesticides, herbicides or fertilizers. So suited is the soil in Northern Michigan, that the use of fertilizers and irrigation is not necessary. Over 25 varieties are grown at Lavender Hill Farms, all of which are hand planted and harvested. Visitors are able to pick their own lavender, or perhaps view the distilling process.
MONDAY THROUGH SATURDAY...........10am -4pm
WE ARE IN FULL AND GLORIOUS BLOOM. NOW IS THE TIME FOR CAMERAS.
The harvest is beginning. We move from field to field so that we can preserve as much color as possible for as long as possible. The cutting has begun for culinary buds and for dried bunches. The big field of "Grosso" has not yet come into full bloom. Be sure to pass by the farm and stop in the parking lot of the drying shed. The view from there is wonderful.
NEW..........NEW.......NEW......NEW in 2014 LUNCH IN LAVENDER..........see events page
LUNCH EVERY WEDNESDAY IN JULY.......AND AUGUST 6, 13, & 20
The luncheons are so very popular, and we hope you will attend. Reservations need to be made the Monday before you wish to have lunch. Please call the caterer directly: 231-675-3013.
Jessie will take your order and provide you with a lovely gourmet boxed lunch.
GREETINGS to all dear friends and lavender lovers. Congratulations to all those who survived "the winter" and are out working in their gardens, hopeful for yet another beautiful growing season. Lavender Hill has been blessed with bright green-in May, no less. We have had callers from many areas asking if our lavender survived. We did not have significant loss of plants, however I advise people to be patient as I never can identify a dead plant until June. Lavender has its own thermostat and will show life when it is comfortable doing so. I am seeing some plants in the healing stage and putting out new shoots, fuller than the year before. The wonders of nature.
I came across some notes and enjoyed this quote:
"And when your back stops aching and your hands begin to harden.......
you will find yourself a partner in the Glory of the Garden.
PLANT SALE VARIETIES:
Violet Intrigue Grosso
Mitchem Grey White Spike
Elizabeth Cathy Blanc