The seeds for our lavender farm were planted many, many years ago by Grandma C. She loved lavender – in “fancy” soaps and as dried buds in the beautiful sachets she lovingly crocheted and embroidered.
For many years we tried to grow lavender in the landscape without much success. It wasn’t until 2018 that we learned lavender does not like to be well watered, nor does it thrive in fertile garden soils. Like great wine grapes, lavender does best when it suffers a little.
Soon after this discovery, we decided to give lavender another chance. We planted lavandula x intermedia ‘Phenomenal’, a patented variety of French lavender that can handle our humidity. Success at last!
We expanded our plantings and currently grow ten varieties of lavandula angustifolia (English lavender) and lavandula x intermedia (French or Provence lavender). The English lavender is considered sweeter and ideal for culinary uses while the French or Provence lavender is better for sachets and producing essential oils.
At Graystem Farm, lavender season begins in late May and runs through mid-July, sometimes with a second flush of blooms in early autumn. We hope to begin distilling our own essential oils and hydrosol very soon. In the meantime, we are extending our harvest with the addition of Virginia sourced lavender to create spice & herb blends, candies and baked delicacies, sachets, relaxation pillows, handcrafted soaps, essential oils, and bath & beauty products. We also offer fresh cut lavender bundles, and dried lavender by the pound so you can experiment with this versatile herb!
These products are available in our Square Store.
Graystem Farm is a proud member of the United States Lavender Growers Association.