Road Trip: Lavenlair Farms

 

Where do gardeners go when they aren’t tending their own gardens?

To other gardens of course.

Today, a friend and I traveled to Whitehall, NY to a Lavenlair Farm to take in the blooming lavender fields. The views are breathtaking not only of the rows upon rows of English and French lavenders, but out over the fields to a 200-year-old house and the mountains beyond.

We gathered bouquets of lavender,  made some purchases at the gift shop and then continued our adventure. If you haven’t been there, add it to your list of local places to visit.

It’s charming. Here’s a link: http://www.lavenlairfarm.com/

Lavender Farm, Ice Cream and Mom

Mom’s visiting.

At 89-years-old she has pretty specific wants, likes and requests.

Today we checked a few off the list that weren’t all that exciting. She wanted to buy new shoes and black pants, and have lunch out.

But one part of our adventure today is worthy of more detail because it was wonderful and because time is running out to do it this season.

Lavenlair Farm

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I drove Mom to Lavenlair Farm in Whitehall, NY.  It is nestled in rolling hills of with views that stretch from the Green Mountains of Vermont to the Adirondacks.

Everyone in the car at one point or another commented on the vista or the soaring hawks.

They have 22 different lavender varieties growing in the field.

High time for bloom is July and gardeners have told me the field is a blue wonder then.  But we saw plenty today to make this a must do next summer.

In the little boutique next to the field we found lavenders noted for culinary use, fragrance, and color and shopped for all things lavender from honey, flower wands, soaps, tea, sprays, lip balm, sachets and more.

Also on site is a hand built “Laverinth” a 100ft diameter, lavender planted, Petit-Chartres meditative labyrinth that the owners, David and Diane Allen, created.

If you want to go, hurry. The farm closes for the season September 3rd, which is next weekend.

Ice Cream

The other highlight of our outing was the Ice Cream Man in Washington County.  Mom ordered root beer ice cream. She loves all things root beer.  And, I think she liked it.

Screen Shot 2017-08-27 at 6.09.55 PM.pngShe ate the whole thing. 🙂  Now she’s napping.

Moreau Community Garden

We had the first meeting at the Moreau Community Family and Children’s Garden this morning braving chilly temperatures and continuous rain. There are still beds available and if you want one free of charge, contact the Moreau Town Hall, 61 Hudson St S Glens Falls, NY 12803
(518) 792-1030.

The beds measure four by eight feet and are conveniently located next to the Recreation Building off Jan Street.

Our next meeting will be at 9 a.m. Thursday, May 30th. Gardeners should bring along garden tools such as trowels and a leaf rake, gloves and their plants/seeds as we will be working and planting in the garden. According to the weatherman, it should be a sunny, warm day. I certainly hope so.

As this garden is designed with children in mind, we are asking that anyone dividing the following perennials or with extra seeds make a donation to our new garden:

Flowers
Marigolds
Sunflowers
Nasturtiums
Nigella
Lavender
Cosmos atrosanguineus
Lemon scented geranium
Lambs Ear
Sea Holly – Eryngium

Vegetables
Bush beans
Swiss chard ‘Bright Lights’
Carrots
Cherry Tomatoes
Pumpkins
Potatoes

Fruit
Strawberries

Herbs
Spearmint
Chives
Rosemary
Basil
Lemon Balm

Thank you. I am looking forward to meeting everyone on Thursday.
Happy Gardening, Natalie