Martha O. Wilczynski, Owner Lavender Hill Farm, Niles, Michigan
Hi, I'm Martha Otto Wilczynski. With my husband Bill, I own and operate Lavender Hill Farm. After years of living in different places, Bill and I bought my family's farm in 1998 and began the journey we are now on. In 2001 we planted our first 2000 lavender plants. In subsequent years, we started distilling our lavender flowers to make our own fragrant lavender water and small quantities of essential oil. We also joined with a beekeeper friend to keep bees at our farm and produce our own deliciously fragrant lavender honey. I started producing the soaps, balms, sachets and lotions that I now offer for sale in our shop, on our website and at the farmers markets I attend.
I have incorporated our experience growing lavender into a powerpoint presentation titled "Growing Lavender in Michigan" that I have given to several Garden Clubs. As we learn and develop new techniques the presentation is continually updated. Our farm is also a great place to have your garden club summer outing.
During the lavender bloom time, from late-June to mid-July the farm & the Lavender Hill Shop are open 6 days a week for U-pick lavender and to allow people to come out and wander through the field. Outside of lavender bloom season, our farm shop is open Fridays & Saturdays 10 am to 4 pm April through mid-December.
We hope you will come out to the farm and experience the scenic beauty that we enjoy every day.