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.