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Deep Creek Lavender Farm Nears Blooming Season

Last Updated on Jul 2, 2020 at 2:28pm | Agribusiness

Article courtesy of NCWV Media - The Republican. Staff Writer: Brenda Ruggiero. Submitted photo.
Although cooler spring temperatures this year have resulted in a bit of a late start, the blooming season is nearing at Deep Creek Lavender Farm in Accident.
Normally, the plants are in full bloom at this time of year.
“The lavender is making up time quickly,” said owner Anne Davidson. “We hope to have a gorgeous bloom improving week by week.”
The farm will be open for visitors daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through July 13. Normal summer hours are Friday through Monday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Davidson and her husband, Scott, invite people to come for the “experience” at the farm.
“We encourage people to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy on our deck or in the swing gazebo,” she said. “We have chickens that we let folks feed.
(There are) rocking chairs on the porch to sit and watch the hummingbirds and enjoy the color of the lavender.”
The couple also grows hops and loofah gourds, makes dinner in a solar oven on sunny days and raises meat chickens.
“All things many have never experienced, so we love to show visitors these things and answer their questions,” Davidson said. “In addition, we have a lovely farm store filled with lavender-related products including soaps, teas, spices, body products, eye masks, lavender neck wraps, etc. We also sell lavender lemonade and lavender ice cream during the season.”
The farm currently has nearly 1,500 lavender plants with 15 different varieties of English lavender in shades of purple, white and pink.
Culinary lavender grown on the farm is available for purchase to try in recipes at home. Visitors can also pick their own bouquet of lavender during bloom season.
The Davidsons purchased the farmland in 2004 and built their home in 2007. When they looked at the land, they considered what could be done with it that did not need constant care. At that time, they both had full-time jobs in the Baltimore area.
“Willie Lantz, our Extension Service agent, researched our soil test and presented us with a list of what would grow well with our soil,” Davidson said. “Lavender was on the list, and when I Googled lavender to see what it required to grow, I happened upon lavender farms.”
She said her first thought was that it was ridiculous that people grow just lavender.
“But when we did more research about lavender farming, I thought it would be a great idea for the county as a fun agritourism venture,” Davidson said. “We visited several lavender farms, attended conferences on growing lavender, and met many wonderful people who shared their lavender growing experiences.”
Next, they planted several test crops of lavender. Some made it and some didn’t, but after three years of growing lavender, they decided they wanted to open the farm.
“So, in 2012 we made the leap and are happy we did,” Davidson said. “Looking at all we have built from just an empty field is Scott’s favorite part. My favorite part is the ‘seasons’ the farm seems to have on its own. We watch the lavender green up in the early summer and then the color comes in as the lavender blooms. Just as the lavender bloom is over, we have cutting flowers and sunflowers come into bloom and then as September comes and the farm closes, we watch as things begin to die away and the colors of autumn come into play.”
2018 was a hard year for the farm. A lot of rain in the area was followed by a very cold polar vortex the following winter.
“The combination was hard on the plants and we lost many,” Davidson said. “We made the decision to pull fields of plants and replant with healthy new lavender plants.”
The choice was a big decision, since it takes three years for a lavender to grow to maturity. The Davidsons replanted about 90% of the farm.
With many young plants, the bloom is less, but each year it will improve.
“This year our French lavender is healthy and happy and is getting ready to bloom,” Davidson said. “The color will be amazing but those don’t bloom until mid-July. Our English lavender is coming into color, a small bloom this year but will be better each year.”
Davidson explained that lavender is a perennial that grows well in a sunny, well-drained location.
“What most people don’t know is that lavender enjoys a yearly trimming after the bloom,” she said. “A generous trim keeps the plant healthy and prevents it from getting woody and spreading out of control in your garden.”
Approximately 4,000 people visit the farm in the summer at its location at 625 Doerr Road, Accident.
More information can be found on the Facebook page and website.
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