Fort Hill Farms in Thompson offers area’s only lavender picking

Jun 21st, 2010 | By | Category: Business, Farm

More than 1,500 organic lavender plants (some of the world’s most aromatic flowers) at Quintessential Gardens are in season at Fort Hill Farms in Thompson, Connecticut. Those who wish to cut their own or just stroll and enjoy the scenery, can walk the grounds at the farm recently voted “Best Place to Go Nowhere” in 2010 by Yankee Magazine in part because of its extensive, aromatic lavender beds.

“Starting in June and running into late July the lavender is blossoming in our gardens,” says Kristin Orr, co-owner of Fort Hill Farms and the green-thumb jardinière behind Quintessential Gardens. “Lavender has been enjoyed for centuries for its fragrance, as well as its medicinal benefits and, more recently, for its culinary applications. Those who wish to cut their own can bring scissors. We also sell lavender bouquets and cuttings all year round for those who prefer to have someone else do the drying.”

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Orr chose to cultivate lavender at Fort Hill Farms because she wished to grow a plant that was completely organic, unusual, edible and sustainable. While lavender is one of the world’s most popular fragrances, it is also one of the most difficult plants to grow. To thrive, the plant needs ample drainage within a protected, enclosed environment. A 12’ high foundation wall from the farm’s original cow barn extends over 350’ feet and provided Orr with the perfect area for the lavender to thrive.

Fort Hill Farms is also teaming up with Woodstock Hill Preserves (HTTP://www.woodstockhillpreserves.com) to create an organic lavender jelly. 

Quintessential Gardens at Fort Hill Farms & Gardens, at 260 Quaddick Rd. in Thompson, Connecticut, is open daily, sunrise to sunset, weather permitting.

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