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General · 10th April 2015
Valerie Barr
Monday, April 13th, 7pm at the Community Centre, the Garden Club holds their last meeting this Spring. Our guest speaker will be Lynda from Happy Valley Lavender and Herb Farm in Victoria. Lynda has farmed their land since 1983 (32 years). Happy Valley started as an herb farm and added Lavender in 1987. This year is their official 27th annual Lavender harvest. Can’t we smell summer, just thinking of those fields of Lavender? The Happy Valley Farm site was originally her Grandmother’s goat farm, first settled by her English Grandfather in 1910. What a heritage - land cared for by the same family for more than 100 years.
Lavender and other herbs are dependable garden plants to grow in our island gardens. Deer and drought resistant, they flourish in full sun with their roots covered by thin mineral soils. In the language of flowers: Lavender stands for devotion. Lynda says she is the devotee and not the other way around. So if you hear the Siren calling of Lavender, Lynda will help make your Lavender relationship a scented success! This sounds like a great evening for dreaming of long summer evenings: so warm, and full of lovely scents.
Today daffodils are in full bloom, with many tulips catching up. Hyacinth are smelling like a Paris perfumery and the Service Berry trees are about to explode into bloom. Can you smell the large leaf Maples opening their flowers? Bring along some Spring flowers for the show and tell table. Drop-ins welcome $3 at the door or buy an annual membership.