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Twilight Lavender Tour

Serenity Lavender Farm is pleased to host a twilight lavender tour.

 Dr. Sean Westerveld of the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Simcoe Research Station will be on hand to speak about the ongoing lavender research at our farm and across the province being conducted jointly by OMAFRA and the University of Guelph into establishing best management practices to develop high quality lavender products and a successful lavender agri-tourism industry in Ontario.

 The event is Thursday June 21st from 7-9 pm at 130 County Road 50 East Colchester, Ontario.

 Refreshments and desserts will be served.

  All are welcome.  Admission is free to members of the Ontario Lavender Association and $10.00 for non members.

  RVSP at suzanne@serenitylavender.com or call 519 980-4504 by June 19th

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Lavender Research Project

Serenity Lavender is pleased to be a part of a 4 year reasearch project to identify lavender varieties suitable for Ontario growing conditions.  The project involves seven farm sites, the Ontario Ministry of  Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs and the University of Guelph. Twenty two lavender varieties are being reviewed.  While the project got off to a bit of a slow start with some plants dying while being shipped,  an  interim report has now been released.  The initial results suggest that fabric mulch and sandy soils, such as those found at Serenity Lavender resulted in a larger plant size and better quality plant shape.  The French lavadin varieties also had abetter shape and size compared to the English or angustifolia varieties.  Winter survival will be assessed in the spring this year and the results across Ontario will be interesting given the large amount of snowfall and cold conditions experienced.

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