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.
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.