The view from her window revealed a large field of weeds, so in 2006, Donna decided to tear up the field and make it a fragrant sea of purple lavenders. She attended a lavender conference in Sequim Washington and there, consulted with lavender farmers to get some insider information on growing lavender on a large scale.
She promptly ordered 400 lavender plants and the story of Lavender Acres begins.
Now, Donna and Mike care for more than 3000 lavender plants, the four main varieties being Grosso, Royal Velvet, Folgate and Violet Intrigue.
A prominent feature at the east end of the farm is the double infinity loop of lavender plants accented with a french curve of more purple shrubs. A large sundial that Mike crafted from parts of a John Deere swather, is in the center of the loop. Walking the infinity loop, you can meditate and watch the shadows of the sundial pass over the beautiful lavenders.
For the lavender enthusiast, the Boulevard displays 110 different varieties of lavender, labeled and arranged alphabetically.
Lavender is well suited to our Idaho, since it thrives in the alkaline soils and hot dry weather. A bonus is that it requires little water. Established plants at the farm are watered 3 times during the growing season, once after harvest, again in August and then once before winter sets it. Winter snows and spring rains provide enough moisture to produce large healthy fragrant blooms.
If you are looking for a fragrant and drought tolerant plant, lavender is a good choice. You get their beauty and summer perfume and you can harvest the flowers for sachets and dried bouquets to last through the winter.