A couple weeks ago, the public was invited to come harvest lavender at this community garden in South London. (UK readers: Did you go? How was it?)
The Local Lavender project restored the famous lavender fields used by companies like Yardley’s for their luxuriously-scented products. According to the site:
Around 1900, blue fields of Lavender could be seen all over Wallington, Carshalton, Waddon and Sutton. Lavender was used for scented bags, floor and furniture washes, as a disinfectant, to preserve linen from moths, and for remedies. Lavender was also used in recipes such as lavender jam, honey and custard.
Now the traditional varieties have been re-planted (volunteers scouted out neighborhood gardens to find them), and the public is invited to come out once a year–usually near the end of July–to harvest the lavender and take some home. Yardley’s is still involved as a sponsor of the project.
What a beautiful concept. If you want to try their pure lavender oil for yourself, you can get it here.