Apple Hill Lavender is situated on a historic, century-old farm featuring rolling lavender fields set amidst a bountiful, third-generation apple orchard.
With a focus on sustainable agriculture, Apple Hill Lavender grows a variety of lavenders and lavendins using responsible farming practices. Owned and operated by Jan and Harold Schooley, Apple Hill Lavender was born out of an interest in diversifying the third-generation apple orchards. As a crop of particular interest to Jan during her career as a professional agrologist, lavender was the perfect addition to the farm from both an agricultural standpoint and personal love of the beauty and lore of this historic plant.
In 2008, the first lavender field was planted and the journey began. Since then, Apple Hill's fields and Jan's passion have continued to grow. 2013 marked the opening of Apple Hill's lavender boutique located in the recently restored century-old carriage house. As the welcome centre and hub of the farm, the Carriage House Lavender Boutique features handcrafted, soothing beauty products, house-distilled essential oils and fragrant dried lavender products, as well as culinary lavender bud mixes.
In addition to Apple Hill Lavender's wide selection of handmade natural lavender products, farm-fresh apples are seasonally available at the on-site Carriage House Lavender Boutique.
Apple Hill Lavender is home to award-winning potter and artist, Melissa Schooley's Raging Bowl Pottery studio. Melissa's work is sold and displayed internationally, from the renowned Gardiner Museum in Toronto, Ontario, to galleries as far away as Tokyo.
From its lavender fields and orchards, to the on-site Carriage House Lavender Boutique, visitors can enjoy a unique farm experience, as well as a taste of Norfolk County history.
Apple Hill Lavender is open to the public from May through December, Wednesday to Sunday, and by appointment from January to April.
For more information, or images, contact:
Jan Schooley, owner of Apple Hill Lavender
Phone: (519) 426-1841