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Lavender fields forever
All things lavender are on the menu this weekend in North Saanich.
Alan Mayfield of Victoria Lavender (1899 John Rd.) is hosting a festival Saturday, July 13 and Sunday, July 14 at the farm. The event will feature art, entertainment and more (hint, there might be some lavender!)
Mayfield began lavender farming on Saltspring Island in 2001. In 2005 he moved to Sidney and opened The Lavender Shop on Beacon Avenue.
Initially, several local farmers grew lavender for the company based on plants and expertise that was brought over from the Saltspring farm. As the company grew there was a need for a larger lavender farm and the land on John Road in North Saanich was purchased in the spring of 2008.
Today the property has some 10,000 lavender plants of different varieties and a plethora of farm animals including chickens, peacocks and dogs.
The Lavender Festival at Victoria Lavender will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day and admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children under 12.
Parking on the farm is somewhat limited (overflow will be at the Visitors Centre) so arrive early. Visit www.victorialavender.com for more information.
— With files from Victoria Lavender