Package: Sensory Sensation at Seafoam Lavender Farm
Wed, Jun 15, 2016 to Fri, Sep 30, 2016
Ever meander through a field of aromatic lavender? Did you know you can eat lavender? Is it true there are hundreds of types of lavender which bloom in over a half-dozen colours?
For answers to these and many other questions, come to Seafoam Lavender Farm, located on Nova Scotia's scenic North Shore (overlooking Prince Edward Island). A small, family-owned/operated working farm, you will be greeted by your hosts, Dave and Suzy Belt, who will share their in-depth knowledge of this ancient plant.
From the minute you arrive, your olfactory senses will delight in the aroma: fresh salt air from the nearby Northumberland Strait...the scent of pine from surrounding forests...and of course the intoxicating scent of some 3,000 lavender plants.
A visit to Seafoam Lavender Farm begins with a 20-minute, two-part Lavender 101 presentation in the Lavender Garden, where some 30+ lavender varieties are grown. During Part One, guests learn a short history of lavender, followed by an in-depth, hands-on explanation of the four broad categories of lavender: True Lavender, Stoechas Lavender, Spike Lavender, and the Lavandins. This is a talk general enough to intrigue guests with only a casual interest in lavender, yet is detailed enough to capture the attention of more serious gardeners. Included in Part One is a sensory experience of rubbing hands through lavender bushes and learning which parts of the plant are edible.
Part Two of the Lavender 101 presentation describes the processes by which lavender is transformed into finished goods, followed by a free sampling of lavender treats (such as Lavender Lemonade, Lavender Chocolate, and Lavender Oat Cakes). Guests can then browse the on-site gift shop for products handmade by the Belt Family and the Seafoam Lavender staff.
Tour Length: approximately one hour
This experience is offered June through September on Sunday to Friday at 10:00am and 2:00pm or by special arrangement. The best time to visit is July when most of the plants are in full bloom. Participants receive a complimentary gift bag as a memento of their visit (retail value: approximately $12).