It began back in the 60’s when Andrea’s grandfather took her into the cavernous cold storage of Stewart Brother’s Nursery and the aroma of wet peat moss and burlap first captured her attention. Her mother had such a garden, full of plants from her Nana; the girls loved to gather lily of the valley and scented violets from the beds to create perfume. In honour of Nana, we named one of our buildings 'Violet's Cottage' - we use it for special events she would have loved!
On the farm where she was raised, the chance to work and volunteer in all aspects of cultivating tree fruits and vineyards abounded! Years later, David would spend some of his early career in those same vineyards.
The opportunity to live on one of the old family apple acreages arrived in the 90’s. In decline and relatively small to grow fruit trees upon, Andrea and David began to look at alternative crops for the property. No shortage of advice from all of the gardeners, nurserymen and vintners in the family!
1994 comes along, trees come down and the McFadden family plants a quarter acre test block of lavender to see if it might be a viable crop. An old beach cottage that was used as a picker’s cabin is repurposed into a quaint little shop. More trees come down in 1998 and another block of lavender goes in as well as some grapes to gratify the family vintners.
In 2003, the second beach cottage gets repurposed into a new gift shop and even more lavender goes in. 2008 brings the most significant evolution: the vines come out, a new shop is built, an additional 2 acres of lavender is planted, as well as roses, lemon balm, savory, basil, spearmint, sage, oregano, rosemary and thyme…. there’s always room for another plant in the gardener’s garden.
These days, we still love to play in the dirt but we do it with an amazing team ... as the farm evolved life became busy! David began to love the land just as much as Andrea and they both love to grow the plants that they turn into essential oils and dried herbs which they use to make small batch, natural items for their gift shop.