Happy Valley Lavender and Herb Farm


Lavender has become the farm's signature since our first block of 500 Munstead Lavender planted in 1987. Our first harvest was in 1988 and filled two wheelbarrows! We currently specialize in cultivating Sweet Lavender varieties (Lavandula angustifolia) for its scent and taste. Late blooming Lavender includes the True Spike Lavender (L. latifolia) and the new hybrid Lavadins (L. x intermedias). Each July we watch the emerging hues of blue, mauve and purple as Lavender Harvest time approaches once more. And the fragrance ~ Lavender Lovers come explore our site!

Lavender beds
Welcome to Lynda and Michael Dowling's Lavender Farm located
20 minutes out of Victoria on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada.

Marmalade season is coming up!
Lynda's Lavender Marmalade

Photo of the Month
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An Easter Lavender treat that is not chocolate!

Open Weekends 10-5
April - August

3505 Happy Valley Road
Langford (outside Victoria) Map

At other times call 250-474-5767
for an appointment.

All About Lavender
Booklet - New Version
$4.00
Lavender Booklet

"Off the Farm"
Gardening & Landscaping
Garden and Landscaping Services

High end total Landscape care on the ground or in the air.
Rooftop garden care needed anyone? Patios? Estates?
Call 250-474-5767 for more info

Happy Valley Croquet Club
Happy Valley Lavender & Herb Farm is home to the
Happy Valley Croquet Club
Sundays 1pm ... Call Michael for more details 250-474-5767

THE GARDENER'S LAVENDER FARM

The Farm opens weekends 10am-5pm starting Saturday April the 4th & Sunday the 5th... Sorry we will not be open Easter Monday April 6th.

For special requests: please call ahead @ 250-474-5767 OR email your request: lynda@happyvalleylavender.com

PS: Fresh 2015 Lavender will be July sometime: Dried bundles & loose Sweet Lavender will be available August 2015. Sadly, all my 2014 dried Lavender stock is sold out...

 Here is a recipe for Easter that does not require Chocolate but of course does require Lavender!

...AND easy enough for little kitchen helpers to proudly make.

Lavender Coconut Ice Squares

3 1/2 cups flaked coconut (approx. 425 grams)

2 cups icing sugar (approx. 250 grams)

1/4 tsp cream of tartar

1 tin condensed milk (300grams)

2 TBSP dried sweet Lavender flowers

2-6 drops food colouring optional...

Method:

Line an 8 inch cake pan with baking parchment paper.

Do weigh your dry ingredients~

Place all dry ingredients into a medium bowl, including the Lavender.

Pour in the condensed milk & blend until a smooth paste is formed.

Remove half & press into the bottom layer in your cake pan. This makes a white layer.

To the remainder add your food colouring, I used red to equal "spring pink'!

Gently spoon & press evenly over the white layer.

Refrigerate 3 hours. Lift paper liner onto a cutting board to cut into small squares.

I stored extra pieces in the fridge in a container...and they disappeared!

In season, we carry a wide selection of Lavender plants, Herbs, Vegetable starts, Edible flower plants and our favourite Rugosa Roses ...plus an array of exotic plants including Scented Geraniums, Lemon Verbena, Pineapple Sage, Gentian Sage, Stachys Hildago & many more temptations. Please call/email for special plant requests @ 250-474-5767 

Lavender still holds the farm stage, front & center~ with varieties that grow best in Victoria's climate and most of all: smell heavenly! Traditional Lavandula angustifolia varieties smell the best...remembering for the Chef: Scent equals Taste! Other varieties are chosen for looks and performance. Most Lavenders begin to bloom in July, the exception is the range of Spanish or "Butterfly" bloom Lavenders that start in April through October. They make great patio Lavenders, keep dead headed for continuous blooms.

2015 is going to be the year of classic Sweet Lavenders: Hidcote purple, Munstead blue~ even a variety we call "Happy Valley" grown from our own eclectic seeds. Small pots are $4 each/ gallons which are 2 year olds are $10. A timely reminder: do plant all Lavenders in full sun with good drainage to handle our West Coast winter-wet as Lavenders will get root rot if they sit in soggy soils any length of time. See our  Lavender propagation list 2015

Our Herb plant selections always include a traditional range of Cooking herbs for the professional Chef or at home; herbs for Teas, herbs for simple Medicinal recipes or home cosmetics not forgetting a selection of herbs for Bees & Butterflies!

Check out what tomato varieties we plan for this year ...
Tomato selections for 2015

Check out our year round Lavender products & treats here ~ Farm made Lavender products from teas to cooking blends; sachets to bath salts, lovely soaps, Lavender essential oil and more~ Not forgetting *GIFT CARDS* for plants & product...you name the amount!

For information about the Happy Valley Croquet Club, please email michael@happyvalleylavender.com

Check our ongoing collection of Metchosin Muse gardening articles. February's Muse Article..."How to fall in Love with your Garden~ Again"...posted now!

For local Gardening events, check here.

 

 

Happy Valley Lavender
& Herb Farm

Victoria, Vancouver Island
BC, Canada
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