Yesterday morning we had the luxury of whiling away several hours at the Okanagan Lavender Herb Farm on Takla Road in South Kelowna.
I wrote, previously, about the local, outdoor attraction, here. I can’t believe that was coming up to five years ago! At the time, the garden was about to expand their facilities (pictured above) with a new boutique, café, learning centre, and garden features.
I’ve been back several times since then but this visit was a special one – an end of year field trip for kids from the weekly co-op class Oliver and Amélie attend throughout the school year, for social studies and science.
The Lavender and Herb Farm is a great place to learn about science (especially botany – all kinds of flowers and herbs, not just lavender, are grown there – ecology and entomology, the study of insects) and social studies (the area was previously a heritage orchard planted by one of Kelowna’s founding families).
For myself, I appreciate the Business 101 class: how to turn a pretty garden into a successful enterprise, complete with products you manufacture yourself. Of course, I had to bring several of them home!
There are lots of kid-friendly features at the garden, including this (above) cedar maze. The boys had a little bit too much fun scaring the girls, and then playing tag among the tall foliage.
There’s also a “Wishing Tree” that wasn’t there before the expansion. There are long strips of plastic to write a wish on and then tie to the metal frame inside the decorative fencing. My wish was to have my own garden like this someday!
The girls loved collecting water from a barrel and washing clothes the old-fashioned way before hanging them on a line to dry. If only their chores at home could be met with the same degree of enthusiasm!
Everything they did – even just standing at the edge of the little pond – was picturesque.
But then, everything in the garden – with or without a gaggle of pretty girls – is nothing if not picturesque. In addition to tag in the cedar maze and laundry in the kids corner, the kids participated in a scavenger hunt, searching the garden for secret plaques featuring a relief of garden creatures to be collected by way of rubbings.
At the end, we stopped by the Small Bites Café for some lavender lemonade and lavender ice cream. Here’s a sneak peek into the kitchen, through a window in the gift shop.
I was half way through my ice cream before I remembered to take a picture! It was sooooo good. Just a little hint of pungent lavender essence mixed into the sweet, creamy treat. I’m definitely going to try making this at home this summer!
… Or I may just have to head back, for more of everything.
– Mrs. Pear Tree xxxxx