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About the farm

Our lavender farm is in the Yarra Valley at the foothills of Mt Dandenong, a 1-hr drive from Melbourne.

Back in 1991, Annemarie planted out a small plot of lavender on land which had once been a cherry orchard. It began as a hobby, but soon people began coming up the driveway, asking what time we were open til – they wanted to come and see the lavender growing.

And so over the years the farm gradually expanded & now has over 10,000 lavender plants and is visited and much loved by tourists from around the world.

The lavender grown on the farm is harvested annually between Nov-Jan, early morning, by hand, using a traditional sickle. The harvested bunches are then taken to the Drying Shed where they are hung to dry before being stripped on a machine. The stripped lavender is sifted three times to remove any unwanted leaves, sticks and dust. Harvest is a very busy and exciting time to visit the farm as you get to see the whole process in action.  Our dried lavender is used in cooking, as decoration, and in household and beauty products.

Grown and made here

We use all the lavender grown on the farm in our own Warratina products and we sell to wholesale and retail customers.

Our lavender also makes its way in to our Tea Room where our chef uses it for her house-baked lavender scones.  Our menu has a great selection of breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea delicacies and if you have a dietary requirement, just speak to our wait staff who can advise you of your options.

You’ll find our full range of items for sale in our Gift Shop with many available to buy online also.

Annemarie is an engaging speaker and is regularly approached by Gardening Clubs, Probus Groups, Tourism Organisations & Students to speak on subjects ranging from agri-business to e-commerce.  To enquire about Annemarie’s availability to speak at your next event, please send her an email.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why does some of my lavender die off?2019-02-10T18:45:59+00:00

Unfortunately this is a peculiarity of lavenders. The best thing to do is to cut out the die-back & reshape the bush.

Why does my lavender go all woody?2019-02-10T18:45:59+00:00

You have not pruned the bush severely enough. You must cut your lavender plant back by 2 thirds each year after the flowers are past their best. Use hedge shears or a whipper-snipper for large areas of lavender plants.

When should I cut back my lavender?2019-02-10T18:45:59+00:00

After flowering. Cut back by 2 thirds leaving only a small amount of foliage. DO NOT cut back to the dry wood.

When do lavender plants flower & when is the best time to visit the lavender farm & see it all in bloom?2019-02-10T18:45:59+00:00

Early Summer to late Summer depending on the variety. The best time to visit the farm is from early November when the lavender begins to bloom. We do have some Winter flowering lavenders on display.

What variety of lavender is best for craft work & for the wardrobe?2019-02-10T18:45:59+00:00

One of the intermedia varieties is best for craft work & the wardrobe as they are stronger in camphoraceous fragrance.

What lavender can be used in cooking?2019-02-10T18:45:59+00:00

The angustifolia lavenders are the only types which can be used in cooking. They have a darker flower, are sweeter in fragrance & have a low camphoraceous content.

What is the most fragrant lavender?2019-02-10T18:45:59+00:00

The best lavender for fragrance in drawers & cupboards is the intermedia lavender which has a high camphoraceous content.

What is the best lavender to grow for a hedge?2019-02-10T18:45:59+00:00

One of the Dentata lavenders is best for a hedge. They flower most of the year but like all lavenders they must be cut back after the flowers brown off.

What are the best growing conditions for lavender plants?2019-02-10T18:45:59+00:00

Sunny position, well drained soil, not much water. They grow better in the ground.

How long does a lavender plant last?2019-02-10T18:45:59+00:00

Usually 15 years but they can be replaced more frequently when they have become too woody. Plants look better for longer if cut back hard each year.

Does lavender need much water?2019-02-10T18:45:59+00:00

No. Lavender is a drought tolerant plant. Do not water unless it is in a pot & then only keep the pot moist not wet.

Do I need to fertilise my lavender & if so when & with what?2019-02-10T18:45:59+00:00

Once a year is adequate for fertilising lavender. You only need a small amount of complete fertiliser or dynamic lifter. A little lime every 2 years is also good for lavenders. Fertilise at the end of Winter so as the rains can wash the nutrient in to the soil ready for the Spring growth.

Can I grow lavender in a pot?2019-02-10T18:45:59+00:00

Yes but it does do better in the ground. The Stoechas lavenders are quite attractive in a pot. They have rabbit’s ears on the top of the flower & there are many varieties.

Are there any good books you recommend about lavender?2019-02-26T16:09:28+00:00

These books are excellent references and some are out of print – if you can’t find them via the links or around the web, try second hand book stores or your local and state libraries.

  • The Genus Lavandula by Tim Upson & Susyn Andrews: published by The Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew, London – May be available on Amazon AU,
  • Amazon US or Amazon UK
  • The Essential Lavender by Virginia McNaughton: published by Bloomings Books – Available on Amazon US or Amazon UK
  • The Lavender Grower’s Guide by Virginia McNaughton : published by Bloomings Books – Available on Amazon AU, Amazon US or Amazon UK
  • The Lavender Garden by Robert Kourik: published by Chronicle Books – Available on Amazon AU, Amazon US or Amazon UK

There are many smaller publications on uses of lavender in cooking, craft-work ideas and design in the garden.

If you have a question which is not listed here please email us & we will attempt to answer your query.

If your question needs more in depth information we are happy to make an appointment time with you for further discussion. There is a small fee for consultations.

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