Frequently Asked Questions

 

 

BEST BLOOM TIME

Our gardens are 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.

THE HARVEST

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!

THE DISTILLATION

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 – in 2015, our ‘Maillette’ lavender essential oil won a Silver Medal in the New Zealand Supreme Oil Awards!

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, lemon grass, lemon balm, rosemary and roses – many of their hydrosols are available to custom blend at our Hydrosology bar in our gift shop.

FARM VISITS

Our gift shop is open from May to December and our gardens are open from mid-May to mid-October for self-guided and guided tours. We love to see families at the farm – in our gardens 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.

GROUP VISITS

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

GARDEN ETIQUETTE

While we love pets, they are not allowed in our gift shop or gardens 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.

PURE PRODUCTS

We are very passionate about sharing with customers our “land-to-skin” and “land-to-table” philosophy.  All of the plants and herbs on our farm are grown without the use of harmful sprays, they are harvested by hand at their peak and they are either dried or distilled to be used in our products. To complement these 100% farm ingredients, we carefully select sustainably sourced, organic and Fair Trade oils, butters, essential oils and botanicals to craft our unique, handmade products. Our products never contain additives, fillers or artificial preservatives and they are always free of parabens, phthalates, synthetic fragrance and other undesirable chemicals. They are tested on our family, friends and staff, but never on animals. To ensure utmost quality and freshness they should be enjoyed within one year of purchase.

SUSTAINABLE

We strongly believe in the saying: "We don't inherit the earth from our parents, we borrow it from our children," and we make every effort to leave our farmland better than we found it. Leftover plant debris is composted on-site, mail order packaging is reused and we absolutely love the challenge of repurposing old treasures into new ones! We also print most of our labels ourselves or we have local businesses help produce them.

 


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