Q: How long has Lavender Hollow Farm been in business?
been in business since the summer of 2005 but the Taylor family has lived on the property since 1979.
How old is the house and other buildings at Lavender
The Taylor family bought the property in 1979. At the time of purchase there were no buildings and only 2 trees. The beautiful
grounds at Lavender
the result of several decades of hard work by Bill and Alice Taylor.
Q: Does Lavender Hollow Farm make its own products?
We make all the soaps, lotions, liquid soaps, massage oils, essential oils, candles, relaxation pillows, eye pillows, shower
gels, linen sprays, and more. We also of course farm all of the lavender.
Q: How many different types of lavender do we have at Lavender Hollow Farm? A: There are over 100 different
types of lavender but we only have about 45 different varieties at the farm.
Q: What kind of lavender can you cook with?
The kind of lavender that you can cook with is called Angustifolia or more commonly called English Lavender. The two varieties
of English Lavender that we use the most are Loddon Blue and Royal Velvet.
Q: What kind of lavender smells strongest and the best? A: The variety we feel that
fits this description the best is called Grosso. It is very strong smelling, it’s easy to grow, it grows about 5 feet
across and 4 feet high, and it blooms very vigorously. The only down side is that you cannot cook with it. Its high camphor
content makes it very bitter.
Q: Can lavender be grown from seed? A: Angustifolia lavender varieties
can be grown from seed but it is very, very difficult to do so. At Lavender Hollow Farm we grow all our lavender from cuttings. In the fall we prune
the lavender and collect the clippings. We then dip the clippings in rooting hormone and plant them in moist soil. This method
is the most effective way to propagate lavender.