LAVENDER HILL FARM

OF NILES, MICHIGAN LLC

1219 Morris Dr., Niles, MI

 269-684-0123

 

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Posted 11/8/2018 8:44pm by Martha O. Wilczynski.

Lavender Hill Farm of Niles, Michigan  LLC

1219 Morris Dr., Niles, MI  49120,  269-684-0123

  www.thelavenderhill.com       www.facebook.com/thelavenderhill


 Dear Friends,

Please join us next Friday & Saturday, November 16th and 17th for our Holiday Open House at Lavender Hill Farm.  Besides our usual selection of fragrant and decorative lavender products, we will be showcasing the many ways to use lavender in cooking. Lavender is used in everything from drinks, to baked goods to savory recipes to lend a floral/herbal note. For instance, lavender pairs well with fruit and cheese or milk, it's marvelous with chocolate, and blends well with other herbs in savory dishes.  Lavender is available in many forms for cooking, including alcohol extracts, dried buds, or essential oil.  Learn how to use the different forms in cooking and try some samples while you shop.  You're certain to bring home ideas for your holiday entertaining!  

Hope to see you here!

Martha

 

 

 

 





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Posted 10/31/2018 8:43pm by Martha O. Wilczynski.

Lavender Hill Farm of Niles, Michigan  LLC

1219 Morris Dr., Niles, MI  49120,  269-684-0123

  www.thelavenderhill.com       www.facebook.com/thelavenderhill


 Dear Friends,

Just a quick note to let you know we will be a vendor at the Fernwood Botanic Garden Holiday Market this Saturday, November 3rd from 10 am to 5 pm, (13988 Range Line Road, Niles, Michigan 49120).  They have a great lineup of vendors: 

Please consider coming out to support Fernwood and all these great vendors! 

2018 Holiday Market Vendors

Alpacas of Chambana 
Alpaca fur stuffed animals, alpaca socks, alpaca vests.
www.alpacasofchambana.com

Amy Greely Studio
Jewelry crafted from sterling silver, copper, and gold.
www.amygreely.com

Bendix Coffee
Brewed coffee and bags of coffee.
www.bendixcoffee.com

BlackTree Studio Pottery
Contemporary sculpted & functional stoneware.

www.facebook.com/BlackTreeStudio

Bobbi Kahn Design 
Funky, chunky, fabulously hip statement jewelry.

www.bobbikahndesign.com

Cathy Brown Designs 
Lampwork glass jewelry, Lake Michigan beach glass and beach stone jewelry.

www.cathybrown-designs.blogspot.com

Cyndy Callog Studio
Mini pictures featuring original watercolors, notecards, notebooks, and felted pillows.

www.cyndycallog.com

Dawning Art 
Small paintings, drawings, ornaments.

www.dawningart.com

Don Hiatt 
Turned wooden bowls of varying wood.

Drifted Art & Design 
Driftwood Christmas trees, driftwood ornaments, driftwood home decor.
www.driftedartdesign.com

Forever Young 
Hand-formed, kiln-fired clay tiles and animals showcased in shadow boxes and barn wood frames, clay animal themed ornaments with beaded wire hangers, mixed media wall art and haiku poems hand-lettered around the frame.


Glasgow Greenhouse 
Plants and topiaries.

www.keeler-glasgow.com

GrownUp KidStuff 
Chocolate sauces, caramel sauces, gift boxes of products.

www.grownupkidstuff.com

Hands On Clay 
Handcrafted stoneware potter, garden and nature related.


Hawksglen Carvings 
Realistic carvings of songbirds, shorebirds, and fish that are native to Michiana.

www.hawksglencarvings.com

Lavender Hill Farm of Niles 
Lavender bath & home products, culinary lavender products, decorative dried lavender products.

www.thelavenderhill.com

Lynne Tan 
Porcelain jewelry and functional pottery.

www.lynnetan.com

The Pewter Shop
Pewter vases, wall pieces, pewter ornaments.

www.pewtershop.com 

s.a.l.t. sisters 
All natural, unrefined salts & seasonings.
www.saltsistersonline.com

Shoreline Fairy 
Stone jewelry.
www.shorelinefairy.com

The Seasoned Artisan 
Custom kitchen knives, walking sticks, and wooden kitchen utensils.

www.theseasonedartisan.com

The Vintage Sheep 
Handwoven items, up cycled sweater items, and fiber creations.

www.facebook.com/TheVintageSheep

Tiddleywink Toffee 
www.tiddleywinktoffee.com

Treasureology 
Handcrafted Steampunk jewelry, upcycled vintage jewelry.

www.megtruesdell.com

TroyerBaskets 
Picnic baskets with lids, backpack baskets, storage basket checkerboard.

www.etsy.com/shop/TroyersBaskets

Warm Glass Wonder 
Botanically inspired fused glass panels, fused glass ornaments, and fused glass night lights. 
www.warmglasswonder.com 

 

 

 

 





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Posted 9/6/2018 4:09pm by Martha O. Wilczynski.

Lavender Hill Farm of Niles, Michigan  LLC

1219 Morris Dr., Niles, MI  49120,  269-684-0123

  www.thelavenderhill.com       www.facebook.com/thelavenderhill


Dear Lavender Hill Friends,

Our Lavender Hill Farm gift shop is open on Labor Day, 10 am to 4 pm.

After Labor Day our Fall hours are Thursday, Friday and Saturday 10 am to 4 pm through December 22nd. (closed on Thanksgiving). 

Summer may be coming to a close, but the good news is, our fresh, 2018 Lavender Honey is back in stock! If you've had our honey before, you know its delicious sweet-floral-tangy flavor is unlike any other honey.  You can purchase it in our Farm gift shop, or on our website ecommerce store here: http://thelavenderhill.com/store/food-items

September Wreath-making Classes:

We are offering more Lavender Wreath-making classes on the following dates in September:  

Saturday Sept. 22nd from 12 pm to 2 pm

Saturday Sept. 29th from 12 pm to 2 pm

Class size is limited to 6 people, so please call ahead to reserve your spot! 269-684-0123

Hope you all have a wonderful Labor Day weekend and a great Fall!

Thank you all for your patronage.

Martha

 

 

 

 





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Posted 5/29/2018 4:02pm by Martha O. Wilczynski.

Lavender Hill Farm of Niles, Michigan  LLC

1219 Morris Dr., Niles, MI  49120,  269-684-0123

  www.thelavenderhill.com       www.facebook.com/thelavenderhill


Dear Friends,

It's time to announce: 

Summer hours: (June-August) Monday - Saturday 10 am to 4 pm.  

This year we will be offering Classes in early June:

Wreath-making Classes:

We are offering drop-in wreath-making classes the 1st 3 weeks of June  on Mondays and Fridays from 2 pm to 4 pm.  You should allow at least an hour to make a wreath, so please come by 3 pm if you want to participate.  The cost will be $18 each and include all materials (dried lavender, wreath base and ribbon and wire) and personal instruction.  We will hold the classes outside if the weather is nice. If it looks like rain, please call ahead, as limited space for classes is available in our shop.

Lavender Plant Care Class:

1st 3 weeks of June: Tuesday and Saturday Mornings from 10 to 11 am. Martha will lead you on a walk through the field explaining and demonstrating how we care for our lavender plants. Bring your questions. There is no cost, but she may ask you to pull a few weeds:)

U-pick Lavender Season: 

U-Pick begins Monday, June 25th and continues during our regular hours through the end of July (or whenever the lavender flowers fade.) Cost: $5 per bunch

This is our 8th season of U-pick lavender!  If you are new to this, it is a spectacular lavender flower show. It begins with our English Lavender varieties in bloom, followed in July by three varieties of hybrid lavender that bloom in sequence (with some overlap) from early to late July. During this time, for the price of $5 per bunch you are able to wander through the field and cut your own bunch of lavender from the varieties ready at the time.  We provide scissors to cut the stems and a twist-tie to fasten and measure the bunch.  We also have chairs in the shade of an oak and hickory tree where you may sit, relax and enjoy the fragrance and scenery. Our gift shop is the perfect place to find all the fragrant, useful and decorative lavender items you need for gifting and self care.  

A frequently asked question is "when is the most lavender in bloom?" The answer is, there are two peaks of bloom. Our English lavender bloom is usually at its peak the last week of June. These varieties are the best for culinary (cooking & baking) use as well as for aromatherapy and decorative use.  English lavenders have shorter flower stems and sweeter scent than the hybrid lavender varieties that bloom in July. 

Our second peak is in mid-July (roughly the 9th to 15th) when we have some overlap between the three varieties of hybrid lavender we grow: 'Grosso' which usually starts blooming just after 4th of July, 'Super' which starts around the 10th of July, and 'Gros Bleu' which generally starts blooming around the 15th of July. Note: these dates may vary somewhat based on the weather conditions in any given year. Hybrid lavenders have long stems and strong, but pleasant scent. They are great for spectacular fresh or dried fragrant bouquets, potpourri, lavender sachets and decorative use. 

Hope to see you here this summer!

Martha

 

 small lavender wreath

 Small Lavender Wreath

 

 





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Posted 5/2/2018 8:53am by Martha O. Wilczynski.

Lavender Hill Farm of Niles, Michigan  LLC

1219 Morris Dr., Niles, MI  49120,  269-684-0123

  www.thelavenderhill.com  www.facebook.com/thelavenderhill

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Dear Friends,

I'm thankful Spring has finally sprung in Michigan!

Here is an update on our farm schedule for the next few months:

Lavender Plant Sales Begin May 10th!

Plant Sales: We will begin selling 5 varieties of lavender plants in 2.5 in. pots in May.  In June we will have larger plants in 3.5 in. pots available. We will have the following English Lavender varieties available:  Folgate and Royal Velvet, and the following hybrid lavendin varieties:  Grosso, Super, and Gros Bleu.  These plant were all propagated from cuttings of our field plants, and rooted and maintained in our greenhouse over the winter. 

May Farm Shop Hours: Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm.

Summer Hours (June-August):  The farm is open Monday-Saturday 10 am to 4 pm.    

U-pick Lavender Season: Starts Monday June 25th and is open during regular business hours through the end of bloom (usually through the end of July depending on the season). 

Field Update:  Though this wasn't the worst winter in recent memory, conditions were definitely not ideal for lavender either. In easy winters the bushes emerge in Spring with green supple leaves in place, (that's why lavender is considered a semi-evergreen). Due to the temperature fluctuations causing frequent snow/thaw cycles this winter, many of our lavender leaves are sort of gray and crispy this spring. Most of these plants are still living and will sprout new leaves in the next couple of weeks.  There may be some branches that were killed over the winter and may need pruning out. Even if some of the branches need to be pruned, the plant may still sprout new leaves from the base of the plant, so don't pull the plants out too soon thinking they are dead. A gentle bending of individual branches will tell you whether the branch is living or not. If it is pliable its still alive, if it's brittle it's dead. If you need to replace your plants, we will have a good supply on hand this spring and summer. 

Photography:  Customers are welcome to take photos in the lavender field during our regular business hours only. Please be mindful of our other customers, many of whom are out here to enjoy the quiet ambiance, and the relaxing and calming effects of lavender.  

Thanks, and hope to see you out here soon!

 Martha

 





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Posted 3/31/2018 1:23pm by Martha O. Wilczynski.

Lavender Hill Farm of Niles, Michigan  LLC

1219 Morris Dr., Niles, MI  49120,  269-684-0123

  www.thelavenderhill.com  www.facebook.com/thelavenderhill


 

 Dear Friends,

The Lavender Hill Shop is now open, Fridays and Saturdays starting this weekend (March 30th) from 10 am to 4 pm. We've just finished some renovations and improvements in the shop that we're eager to show off.  If you can't make it this weekend, here is the schedule for this spring & Summer:

April: Fridays and Saturdays, 10 am to 4 pm

May: Thursday, Friday and Saturday 10 am to 4 pm.

June-August: Monday thru Saturday 10 am to 4 pm, and occasional Sunday afternoons, check our Facebook page for those announcements: www.facebook.com/thelavenderhill

 Here is a sneek peak at changes in the gift shop:

 

 

 





Copyright Lavender Hill Farm of Niles, MI  LLC , 2018

Posted 12/6/2017 4:41pm by Martha O. Wilczynski.

Lavender Hill Farm of Niles, Michigan  LLC

1219 Morris Dr., Niles, MI  49120,  269-684-0123

  www.thelavenderhill.com  www.facebook.com/thelavenderhill


Dear Friends,

With less than 3 weeks left till Christmas, shopping time is running out! The Lavender Hill Shop is offering some specials (in-store only) in the three weeks before Christmas to make your shopping a little lighter. Our shop is open from 10 am to 4 pm on the specified days below.

Week 1: (Dec. 7th to 9th): All in-stock books are 25% off! We have several titles in stock featuring uses for lavender in cooking, gardening and lifestyle, and uses for other herbs and essential oils.  Everyone likes new books to read at Christmastime! 

Week 2: (Dec. 14th to 16th): 15% off select decorative items like dried arrangements, decoupage items, and jewelry. 

Week 3: (Dec. 21st and 22nd): 10% off select sachets, and our lavender water (hydrosol).  

Please note that Friday December 22nd will be our last open day in 2017. The shop re-opens on Saturdays starting in April. Our webstore is open year-round at  www.thelavenderhill.com

May you all have a blessed Holiday Season!

Martha

 

 





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Posted 10/28/2017 9:03pm by Martha O. Wilczynski.

Lavender Hill Farm of Niles, Michigan  LLC

1219 Morris Dr., Niles, MI  49120,  269-684-0123

  www.thelavenderhill.com  www.facebook.com/thelavenderhill


Dear Friends,

It's hard to believe Holiday Season is fast approaching! Here are some events we will be participating in or hosting in November:  

Lavender Hill Farm will be vending at Fernwood's Holiday Market Friday evening and Saturday November 3rd and 4th:

Fernwood Botanic Garden & Nature Preserve's Holiday Preview Party:  Friday, November 3, 2017, 6 – 8pm.  Enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres, silent auction, and an exclusive opportunity to meet and shop from our vendors of the Holiday Market.  $30 per ticket ($50 per couple).  

Fernwood Botanic Garden & Nature Preserve's Holiday Market: Saturday, November 4, 2017, 10am – 5pm.  Browse a wonderful blend of local artisans, specialty food vendors, growers of unique and artful plant material, and more. (no admission fee).

Fernwood Botanic Garden is located at 13988 Range Line Road, Niles, Michigan 49120 (only about 5 miles from Lavender Hill Farm!)

 

Lavender Hill Farm Holiday Open House: Thursday, Friday, Saturday November 16th-18th, 10 am to 4 pm. Come out and browse all the unique lavender items we have available in our gift shop. We are working on new items all the time, plus old favorites will be stocked up, ready for your Christmas shopping needs. 

Our gift shop (1219 Morris Dr., Niles, MI) will be open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays all Fall (except Thanksgiving). Our last open day this year is Friday December 22nd. 

We hope you all have a blessed holiday season! 

Martha





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Posted 9/3/2017 9:26pm by Martha O. Wilczynski.

Lavender Hill Farm of Niles, Michigan  LLC

1219 Morris Dr., Niles, MI  49120,  269-684-0123

  www.thelavenderhill.com  www.facebook.com/thelavenderhill


 Dear Friends,

I wanted to let you know that our 2017 Lavender Honey is now in stock with all its sweet and tangy wonderfulness! It's uncommonly good, just the way the bees made it from the nectar of our lavender plants.

We will be open on Labor Day from 10 am to 4 pm.

This week we will begin our our Fall hours which are Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays 10 am to 4 pm through Friday, December 22nd. 

Fall is a great time to plant lavender and we have some freshly potted lavender plants available in 2.5 in. pots for $5 while they last.

If you follow our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/thelavenderhill you probably know that our crafters have been making some creative new items that are adorning our gift shop. Check out the shop out this fall, you'll find some new things as well as all your favorite bath & home products and essential oils. 

As always, thanks for your support of our farm!

Martha

 

 

 





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Posted 5/29/2017 9:16pm by Martha O. Wilczynski.

Lavender Hill Farm of Niles, Michigan  LLC

1219 Morris Dr., Niles, MI  49120,  269-684-0123

  www.thelavenderhill.com  www.facebook.com/thelavenderhill


Dear Friends,

The Lavender Hill Shop begins SUMMER HOURS this week:  From June 1st through the end of August, we will be open Monday thru Saturday 10 am to 4 pm

Plant Sales:

Lavender plant sales continue! All plants are propagated from our field plants and grown in our farm greenhouse. They are available in 3.5 inch square pots for $6.50 ea.  The following varieties are available while supplies last:

English Lavender varieties: The English Lavenders have shorter flower stems (generally 8 to 12 in.) and start blooming in mid to late June.  They have a sweeter, more floral scent than the hybrid types. 'Folgate' has bright periwinkle flowers, and 'Royal Velvet' has dark purple bud color, great for drying on the stem. Both of these varieties are great for culinary use.

Hybrid lavandin varieties: These varieties are July bloomers with longer flower stems (15 to 24 in. or more) and stronger scents. 'Grosso' has a medium purple flower color, 'Super' has pale lavender flower color, and 'Gros Bleu' has a dark purple flower color.

THE LAVENDER HILL SHOP:

The shop is fully stocked with all our lavender products plus lots of gift bag sets ready for gifting, or splurging on yourself or a friend.  Our gift bags are a great value too, as the products in them are discounted!

U-PICK LAVENDER SCHEDULE:

The 2017 U-Pick lavender season is scheduled to start Monday June 26th during our regular shop open hours.  The season goes as long as there are blooms to pick (usually through late July).  During this time, for the cost of $5 a bunch, you are allowed to cut your own lavender bunches in designated areas using our scissors.  A bunch is measured by the amount you can fasten in the twist-tie we provide.  Because we have 8 different lavender varieties that do not all bloom at the same time, we designate which areas to pick based upon availability and readiness. We also reserve certain areas for our own production needs.

PHOTOGRAPHY & PAINTING:

Customers are welcome to bring their cameras and canvases with them and take pictures or paint in the field during our regular open hours. We just ask that you credit our farm, and location, when sharing or posting online or publishing any photo or painting of our farm and that you be respectful of our other customers, and of our property and privacy. Our mission is to provide quality products and experiences to all of our customers.

Thanks so much for your patronage!

Martha 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





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