US Lavender Growers Association –

 

Network with other lavender growers from around the world, learn from expert growers and business leaders in the industry, and access a wealth of resources for your business. New growers will appreciate our intensive, two-part “Start a Farm” series, while more experienced growers will benefit from a wide range of topics on production and business. Through the virtual platform, we will be able to provide networking in small groups, topical discussion opportunities, and a unique Exhibitor Hall experience that will allow you to truly assess the resources available to your farm and your business.

Lavender farms, shops, and festivals are popping up all over the country, and so are legions of lavender lovers. The United States Lavender Growers Association (USLGA) is offering enthusiasts the opportunity to indulge in an inspiring and fun day to discover all about lavender. You’ll be able to “tour” scenic lavender fields, gardens, and shops, take workshops by USLGA experts on how to grow and harvest your own lavender; use it in cooking and crafting, and enhance your personal care and home.

Here’s our lineup of informative, lively, entertaining “Discover Lavender” 45-minute Zoom sessions. 

Price: $15 per workshop or sign up for all six for $50 Video sessions will be available for 90 days after recording.

  • 11:00 E/8:00 P: Lavender Primer – History, Gardening Basics, Varieties, and Joys. Presenter: Joanne Voelcker, Mt. Airy Lavender
  • 12:00 E/9:00 P: Culinary Lavender Workshop–Tasting, Smelling, and Comparing Lavenders. Presenter: Joseph Downs, The Lavender Man
  • 1:00 E/10:00 P: Making Easy Cocktails and Mocktails with Sorva Lavender Syrup. Presenter: Courtney Obland, Founder of Sorva Syrups
  • 2:00 E/11:00 P: How to Make a Lavender Wreath or Lavender Bouquet Presenter: Serena Pelletier, Serene Lavender Farm
  • 3:00 E/12:00 P: Enjoying Lavender for Personal Care, Wellness, and Lifestyle Benefits. Presenter: Janice Cox, Author of Beautiful Lavender
  • 4:00 E/1:00 P: Learn to Cook with Lavender–From Field to Kitchen to Table. Presenter: Nancy Baggett, author of “The Art of Cooking With Lavender”

Sign up here to discover the secrets of this beautiful aromatic herb and how you can use it to enliven your garden, your kitchen, and your life!

 

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Spanish Lavenders – Lavandula stoechas Chris Mulder, Barn Owl Nursery
Lavandula stoechas cultivars are commonly called Spanish lavenders in the United States. The original L. stoechas species came from several species of lavenders that crossed and propagated from seed growing in the wild in Spain, Portugal, France and other Mediterranean countries. Now the species L. stoechas has at least 50 recognized hybrid cultivars that are grown for ornamental purposes. Many of these cultivars have been discovered, propagated and introduced by plant breeders in Australia, New Zealand and other parts of Europe, and more recently in the United States. 
These lavenders are prized for their ornamental uses in containers and in the landscape. The plants grow faster and the flowers bloom earlier and longer than most other lavenders. Their large flower heads attract many pollinating insects, especially bees. All Spanish lavenders produce very distinctive compact flower heads topped with two long showy bracts that resemble butterfly wings. The variety of flower colors range from very dark purple to light purple with reddish tones, and there are several striking mixed blue, pink, light yellow and white flowering varieties too.Some cultivars grow into large shrubs around 3 feet tall and can be planted as a border or grown in half wine barrels. The smallest cultivars grow to heights between 10-18 inches and stay more compact, which makes them suitable to grow in small gardens and pots. There are several cultivars that are hardy in Zone 7 and 8. They grow well in hot, dry locations and are a good choice for drought-tolerant gardens that receive full sun. They grow well in areas that do not have heavy frosts or prolonged freezing temperatures. Unlike most other hardy lavenders, Spanish lavenders grow well in humid climates! 
Since Spanish lavenders grow quickly, they need to be pruned hard at least once a year. They produce more flowers when they are pruned in the late spring or early summer after the first flowers lose their color. These lavenders also benefit from a second, lighter pruning in the early fall to help prevent the long branches from splitting and breaking off in the winter.  
The essential oil from L. stoechas is distilled on a small scale and used in some products, but the pungent camphorous-scented oil is not used to scent most lavender products made in the U.S. Spanish lavender plants are enjoyed for their variety of beautiful flowers which bring long-lasting color into the garden and in containers, early in the spring and later in the summer. 
‘Otto Quast’(Lavandula stoechas)
Height: 24-30 inchesFlower Color: dark purple with lighter reddish-purple bractsStem Length: 2-4 inches
‘Otto Quast’ is a tall growing compact, bushy plant with dense, green-grey foliage and dark flowers that contrast nicely with their lighter top bracts. The true ‘Otto Quast’ is hardy in Zones 7-8 and will survive most winters outside. 
It was introduced in Northern California in 2000, and it can be found at many nurseries and garden centers.
There can be variations in this lavender when it is grown from seed. It will quickly fill a large barrel and it stands out in a perennial border and will look striking when planted in mass in the landscape. 
Spanish Lavenderin the Home
In addition to being a wonderful plant for your garden, potted Spanish Lavender makes for a beautiful Spring decoration!

Spring Cleaning inYour Garden
Here are a few things to do in your garden this month:
Prune woody shrubs : To promote new growth, cut away dead wood and branches after danger of frost. 
Remove Weeds: Take advantage of the soft ground and remove weeds before they go to seed. Pull by hand or apply an organic weed killer like Bonide Weed Beater.
Prevent Weeds: After weeding, apply an organic pre-emergent that prevents weeds from sprouting. Try Bonide, Preen or Safer Brand pre-emergents that use natural corn gluten. 
Prevent Slugs: Slugs start appearing in the spring as the weather

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