While Ellen is jetting off to Italy, I am left to find interesting new places to explore much closer to RVA. Serendipitously the other day, several of members of the local posse were available at the drop of a last minute text message for a little field trip. Rejoicing in a recently rare visit from blue skies, we caravanned just up the road (Glen Allen) to a spot that kMg has been itching to visit for at least the last couple of years.
Less than 20 minutes north of town, Lavender Fields Herb Farm makes for the perfect escape from our standard suburban surroundings. A treat for several of the senses,
we really felt like we had gotten away. As its name suggests, lavender is the primary focus of the Farm,
but we discovered many more delights
than just this purple stalwart.
With the Farm’s very manageable size, we were able to take our time exploring the planting beds,
smelling the cocaphony of scents
and perusing the little shop
as we learned more about the variety of herbs and flowers
that grow on the Farm. We concluded our tour on shaded benches overlooking the banks of the Chickahominy
River/creek catching up with the posse while enjoying a couple of scoops of the Farm’s homemade honey and lavender ice creams.
If you are more organized than we or won’t be deter by threats of rain, you can order lunch
at least a day in advance to enjoy during your visit. Consider planning your trip when tours and classes
are held. The helpful staff at the Farm
is also happy to accommodate groups of all sizes for a variety of functions. (It really would be a perfect spot for a garden club meeting.)
Lavender Fields Herb Farm is a hidden gem not too far away.
If you’ve got just a couple of hours, you’ve got an ideal summer outing that the kids might even enjoy.
Though not as old or glamorous as Venice, Florence or Rome, we didn’t have to suffer the stress of international flight to spend some precious posse time among farm-grown treasures.