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, sample lemonade and lavender shortbread, 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 30 varieties are grown at Lavender Hill Farms, all of which are hand planted and harvested. Visitors may pick their own lavender, or perhaps view the distilling process.
'Lavender Grey' - a custom blended, organic black tea with our own lavender. A delightful tea that invites you to sit down, put up your feet and relax, perchance to dream.
It is my favorite afternoon tea, but I confess that I'm drinking it in the morning too. It is my clear signal to sit awhile and relax. I hope you will take time to stop by and try it. Let's spread the joy of a beautiful cup of tea. So well rounded, it can be enjoyed as iced tea as well.
FOR EVERY SEASON.............
Lavender patiently waits through the cold days and nights, pulling up the blanket of snow for protection until Spring. As promised, a snowy scene. Lavender can withstand this wintery home because it is placed on gently rolling hills in well draining, sandy loam. By choosing the hardiest of over 300 varieties of lavender, one can expect the return of color and fragrance each springtime in a most miraculous fashion.
In 2013, Lavender Hill Farms promises new surprises and old favorites.
The Calendar of Events is now ready for you. Go to the Calendar of Events page for the complete listing for the season. Make your reservations early.
Friday on the Farm - workshops, classes and tours
NEW for this year:
Art at the Farm
Building of the Labyrinth
Be sure to check the Events page now for details.
MAY 17 - 18.............and every Friday and Saturday until middle June
ANNUAL PLANT SALE
MAY 24-25 .............10-4pm
2013 PLANT LIST to be sold on May 24-25
L. ANGUSTIFOLIA L.xINTERMEDIA
FOLGATE CATHY BLANC
LODDEN BLUE SEAL
MELISSA WHITE SPIKE
All of us at Lavender Hill look forward to seeing you on the farm. Make your visits often and entertain your family and friends in the local beauty of Northern Michigan.