Open Garden Weekend at Warratina Lavender Farm
Spanning 11 acres in total, Warratina Lavender Farm cultivates five acres of lavender, including two varieties of Lavandula angustifolia, “Egerton Blue” and “Munstead”, which are harvested in November, as well as two intermedia varieties traditionally harvested in December. Owners Annemarie and Peter Manders also grow Lavandula dentata, or French lavender, which tends to flower most of the year.
The one-acre of garden surrounding the private homestead and the farm will be open to the public over the weekend, allowing visitors to mosey through usually closed garden trails cloaked by salvias, roses, rhododendrons and azaleas.
Warratina grows lavender for both culinary and craft purposes, so a visit to The Tea Rooms is a must. The dining space overlooks the majestic purple fields, while offering lavender-infused scones, ice-cream, shortbread and teas. Savoury dishes can also be paired with a glass of local wine.
Lavender here also takes the form of essential oil, room sprays, candles, sachets, pillows and heat sacks in the store, and all lavender-tinted teas, mustard, honey and jams are made in-house.
All proceeds from the day will be donated to the local CFA.
This article is produced by Broadsheet in partnership with Visit Victoria.