To create a relaxing lavender destination that would provoke visions of lavender fields in France, has been the dream that my husband and I have shared since 2008. When our organic nursery business Grow Tasty had grown it's collection of lavender to over 40 varieties, we felt we wanted to share this beautiful and versatile plant with more people.
Since then many hours of research, planning and much hard work have gone into physically creating our dream, that is now Laveanne. Discover Laveanne and experience the French region of Provence without leaving Ontario.
In the late summer of 2010 we started propagating the lavender we would need for our project. We started over 10,000 lavender cuttings. In early 2011 the rooted cuttings were potted up and held in our Greenhouse until we could plant them.
Meanwhile we had been busy preparing the fields for planting. We started planting late August and were finished planting by early October with a few weeks for our backs to recover we then started the task of covering the lavender for winter.
THE HISTORY OF LAVEANNE
That winter the young lavender plants hibernated happily. If we hadn't run out of time that previous fall we would not have had the set back with erosion as we had in the spring of 2012.
We spent all that summer establishing grass paths and weeding and manicuring the fields and plants. We had successfully created over 4 acres of lavender fields and gardens in a park like setting. With a very large lavender labyrinth, a relaxing 1/2km walk which takes about 12 minutes at a comfortable pace. We are proud that we have the largest selection of lavender varieties in Canada and have assembled for you Canada's National Collection; with lavenders in every colour from white, pinks, blues, violets, to red and even a rare yellowish green.
We want Laveanne to be educational as well as beautiful, and offer a quiet covered seating area to take in a slide show about the story of how Laveanne came to be, and the journey that is lavender farming in Ontario. As well as a photo gallery with interpretive signs. We invite you to join in our seminars and demonstrations on successfully growing lavender, harvesting of lavender flowers, and the extraction of lavender essential oil.
Relax, unwind and let us nurture your senses
with the wonder of lavender.
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