You may remember your first sniff of lavender… the fragrance of your grandmother’s sachet, the aroma of your mother’s linen drawer, or a whiff of lavender on a passing stranger. Regardless of the source of your memory, lavender is a scent that now wafts across our fields here in rural Doylestown, Pennsylvania. We raise several varieties of English lavender and lavandins with more than 3,000 plants blooming on our hillside. And with that raw material we produce a wide variety lavender products: bath & body, culinary, dried floral, sachets & pillows.
Peace Valley Lavender Farm grew from a vision. Driving in the car with my husband, George, I saw a field of lavender in my mind’s eye. Trying to decide what to do next after selling our
vegetable, herb and specialty salad greens farm, I leaned over and said “how about growing lavender?”. His response was “will the deer eat it?”. “No” I replied and that was it. Twenty
years later we’re still hard at it. We have 3000 lavender plants growing on our sun-soaked hillside. We grow two species of lavender with several varieties of each. Settling on those varieties was a result of trial and error over many seasons. Bucks County is not the Mediterranean, so growing lavender in this region definitely has its challenges.
We’ve had a couple of rainy winters that resulted in major crop damage and loss. In 2019 we decided to undertake a major garden overhaul; amending the soil, rebuilding mounds, replacing ground cover and of course replanting. We also worked on controlling the flow of water through the gardens. We can’t stop the rain from falling, but we can control how it moves once it hits the ground. This overhaul also allowed us to add some new cultivars to the gardens. We’re excited to see the positive results of all of this work.
📸 Peace Valley Lavender Farm