A slice of provincial France can be found in Carterton this summer thanks to Lavender Abbey. 

January 14th – 15th and

January 21st – 22nd

The property is home to Jan and Stuart Abernethy, who have been growing lavender there since they first moved from Wellington to the Wairarapa in 2008, motivated by a lifestyle change. The couple have thousands of lavender plants including French Grosso (Lavandula x intermedia), Pacific Blue and Violet Intrigue (Lavandula angustifolia), which they then harvest to make pure essential oil.  Their Grosso essential oil received a Silver Award from the NZ Lavender Growers Association for the 2015 and 2016 vintages.  They use their Lavender oil to make a range of handcrafted products including creams, balms, soaps, sleep lotion and the new expectant mothers’ range.  

This January the couple will open the gates to the public over two consecutive weekends so people can pick their own lavender. 

“In the past six years that we have been opening our lavender patch to the public, we’ve received many positive comments such as, “It smells gorgeous, I could smell the lavender as soon as I got out of the car” and “wow it looks beautiful” were often heard,” says Jan. “The visitors love the experience so much, some come annually and it’s great to see the same faces year after year. Some people sit in the sun and enjoy the peace and quiet with a picnic, others take photos with their family and one thing for sure is they all looked very relaxed.

On the day, there are products for sale and the mechanical harvester will be on display with Stuart onsite to answer questions about the harvesting and distilling processes. Details: PYO Lavender at Lavender Abbey in Carterton 10am – 3pm on 14th-15 January and 21st-22nd January 2017.

www.lavenderabbey.co.nz or www.facebook.com/Lavenderabbey