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Our garden is an ever-changing kaleidoscope of colour and aroma designed to provide visitors with an inspiring, beautiful and memorable experience from May into October.

Spring: lilacs, peonies, irises, roses, baptisia

Summer: lavender, verbenas, coreopsis, calendula, linden trees, Echinacea

Fall: hydrangeas, rudbeckia, sunflowers, ornamental grasses, rose hips, maple trees

Please note that our season is dictated by the weather and these dates are approximate.

Our farm is full of many different aromatic herbs and plants that we harvest by hand before drying or distilling to be used in our products. Throughout the growing season from May into September (and some years even October!) you can find us picking calendula, rose petals and rose hips, oregano, thyme, savory, basil, rosemary, lemon balm, lemon verbena, lemon grass, lavender, violas, rose geranium, Echinacea, lindens, sage…as they say, there’s always room for another plant in the gardener’s garden!

We use traditional steam distillation to extract pure essential oils and hydrosols from several aromatic herbs and plants on our farm. All of the distilling is done on-site in small batches to ensure we achieve the high quality of oil and hydrosol we desire.

We mainly distill 4 different cultivars of lavender and their pure essential oil and hydrosol is available for sale in our gift shop. We also distill spearmint, thyme, oregano, sage, helichrysum, rose geranium, douglas fir, lemon grass, lemon balm, rosemary and roses – many of their hydrosols are available to custom blend at our Hydrosology bar in our gift shop.

Several of our lavender essential oils have received international recognition:

  • In the 2015 New Zealand Supreme Oil Awards, our ‘Maillette’ essential oil won a Silver Medal.
  • In the 2017 Australian Lavender Growers' Association Olfactory Oil Competition, our 2017 Intermedia Blend and 2017 Angustifolia Blend won Gold Medals and our 'Grosso' essential oil won a Silver Medal.

Our apothecary shop is open from May to December and our garden is open for guided and self-guided tours from mid-May to mid-October. We love to see families at the farm – in our garden you can find a small play area, a hedge maze and you can even try your hand at a scavenger hunt! (Please note that all children require adult supervision.) We also offer a variety of workshops and host several events throughout the season in support of our local community.

Please check our Farm Visits page for the most up-to-date information.

We accept groups by reservation only. Please note that we are a small farm and cannot accommodate large tour buses.

While we love pets, they are not allowed in our shop or garden due to Health Canada Regulations (we are a food-processing farm and facility). We do have a small shelter and water dish in our parking lot that your pet is welcome to use and you can walk them in our rural area.

Smoking is not permitted anywhere on the property and we ask that you extinguish your cigarettes in your ashtray or in the bucket provided in our parking lot.

Due to BC farm regulations, picnics are not permissible in the garden. We have picnic tables in front of our shop that you are welcome to use instead.

We have two different lavenders that we sell as fresh or dried bundles. A bundle has approximately 125 stems and the cost is $15.00/bundle.

Any custom lavender bundle order must be requested in advance by emailing orders@okanaganlavender.com


DRIED BUNDLES:

  • These are available year round, the scent lasts about 2 years.
  • Dried lavender is not purple, the colour range is from deep blue to grey blue.


There are two choices of dried bundles:


Species: Lavandula angustifolia, early blooming, short stemmed

Stem length approximately 12-18”, deep blue colour, soft sweet scent.


Species: Lavandula x. intermedia, late blooming, long stemmed

Stem length approximately 18-24”, grey blue colour, stronger medicinal scent.


FRESH BUNDLES:

  • Lavender is a crop, it’s bloom time is impacted by weather– cool spring days, long hot days, too much rain… they all have an impact on the bloom time!
  • Fresh bundles are available during July sometimes as early as mid-June and sometimes as late as the third week of August.


In general, we will have fresh lavender available from:

  • the 1st-3rd week of July for short stemmed varieties (Lavandula angustifolia)
  • the 2nd-4th week of July (Lavandula x. intermedia)

SHIPPING:

  • We ship dried lavender bundles (sorry, fresh shipments are not available).
  • We ship 6-10 bundles in a box, depending on the variety. To calculate shipping, we require a complete postal address.

If you plan on touring our garden three or more times per year, our garden membership may be for you! Available in store only, the membership is $45 + tax and includes seasonal garden admission, 10% off retail merchandise (in store only) and 15% off workshop registrations. Please note that our membership is for adults only; we do not have a membership for children or families at this time.