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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





Copyright Lavender Hill Farm of Niles, MI  LLC , 2017

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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Posted 5/2/2017 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,

The Lavender Hill Shop begins MAY HOURS this week: Thursday through Saturday 10 am to 4 pm

Plant Sales:

On Thursday, May 4th,  we will begin lavender plant sales! 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:

Hybrid lavandin varieties:

'Grosso', 'Super', and 'Gros Bleu'  

English Lavender varieties:

'Folgate' and 'Royal Velvet'

May is a great time for planting, but be sure to put your new plants in a protected place like an outside porch or patio for a week to acclimate them to being outside before you plant them in the ground. Watch the forecast, and cover or bring inside, any new greenhouse-grown plants (even species that are winter hardy, like lavender) if temperatures are forecasted to be below 40 deg. F. 

THE LAVENDER HILL SHOP:

The shop is fully stocked with all our lavender products plus lots of gift bag sets ready for Mothers Day 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 and go as long as there are blooms to pick (usually through 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.  We ask you to 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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Posted 11/2/2016 9:19am 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, but despite the warm Fall weather, holiday time is just around the corner! Our elves have been busy filling our shelves with all the lavender products you love, and I want to take this time to inform and invite you to the holiday events we are participating and hosting this season.

Fernwood Holiday Market Preview event:  Friday evening, November 4, 6–8 pm
Enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres, silent auction, and an exclusive opportunity to meet and shop from vendors (including Lavender Hill). $40 per ticket ($75 per couple) 

Fernwood Holiday Market: Saturday November 5th, 10 am to 5 pm.

Find a good variety of local high end arts & crafts, botanicals and specialty food items, and of course Lavender! 

Lavender Hill Farm of Niles, MI, Holiday Open House(s):  Thursday-Saturday, November 17th, 18th, & 19th, 10 am to 4 pm.  Find all your favorite products and gift bag or box combinations, as well as samples of some of our favorite recipes featured in our lavender & herb recipe cards.  

Chesterton's Mistletoe Market: 

Saturday, December 3rd: 9am – 3pm (Chicago time), 

Location: Westchester Intermediate School (1050 South Fifth Street, Chesterton, Indiana)

Chesterton’s European Market dresses up for the holidays! This extraordinary shopping experience has become a beloved holiday tradition for the European Market community. Many favorite Market merchants, artists and chefs come together during this special event to provide the perfect opportunity to gather favorite Market goodies for holiday gifting. Visitors are also treated to festive holiday music, plenty of scrumptious baked goods and photos with Santa for the kids.


As always, we appreciate your support, and wish you all a happy, healthy rest of 2016!

Martha

 

 
 

 





Copyright Lavender Hill Farm of Niles, MI  LLC , 2016

Posted 8/18/2016 6:09pm 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 Friends of Lavender Hill Farm of Niles, MI

Our 2016 Lavender Honey is bottled and on our shop shelves!  Our honey is raw, and unfiltered.  It's a beautiful light, golden color and has a light floral flavor with a tangy finish.  We are sure you will enjoy its wonderful flavor and vibrancy. 

Our August Farm Shop hours are Monday through Saturday 10 am to 4 pm. 

Beginning in September, our Fall hours are Thursday through Saturday 10 am to 4 pm through December 17th.  We will be closed on Labor Day. 

In case you didn't know, we also have an ecommerce store on our website: http://www.thelavenderhill.com/store/food-items

 As always thanks for your support!  Have a great remainder of the summer.

Martha

 

 

 





Copyright Lavender Hill Farm of Niles, MI  LLC , 2014

Posted 6/18/2016 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, here is the latest news from our farm:

U-PICK LAVENDER SCHEDULE:

The 2016 U-Pick lavender season BEGINS Saturday, June 25th and CONTINUES during our regular summer hours, Monday -Saturday 10 am to 4 pm until the blooms have waned, usually around the end of July.

We expect the peak bloom to be around the first two weeks in July. We are open July 4th, from 10 am to 4 pm.

During U-pick season, for the cost of $5 a bunch, you are invited to cut your own lavender bunches using our scissors.  A bunch is measured by the amount you can fasten in the 6 in. twist-tie we provide. Because we have 8 different lavender varieties that bloom at different times (see variety descriptions below), we designate which areas to pick based upon availability and readiness.  

Plant Sales:

We still have a good supply of our hardy lavender plant varieties available. All plants are propagated by cuttings from our lavender field plants and grown in our farm greenhouse. They have all proven their ability to survive our Michigan winters over the last several years.

English Lavender varieties:(extremely winter hardy)

'Folgate':bright periwinkle flowers on stems up to 12 inches, blooms mid to late June, good for culinary use, oil, crafting, landscape plant.

'Loddon Blue': dark purple flowers on stems 6-10 inches, blooms mid-late June, nice, compact, symmetrical landscape plant, dried bunches.

'Imperial Gem': beautiful dark, velvety purple buds on stems 6 to 10 in. long, blooms mid-late June. Good for bunches, crafting.

'Royal Velvet': beautiful, dark purple buds on stems 10-15 in., blooms late June-early July, good for bunches, culinary, crafting.

'Royal Purple', medium purple buds, light purple flowers on stems 12-15 in., blooms late June-early July, good for landscape plant, fresh bouquets, crafting.

Hybrid Lavandin varieties:

'Grosso': medium purple blooms in early-mid July, on stems 15 to 24 in. long, good for bunches, potpourri, oil has nice, strong camphorous scent. 

'Super': pale lavender blooms in mid July on stems 15 to 36 in. long, good for bunches, potpourri, oil has nice scent, less camphor than 'Grosso'.

'Gros Bleu': dark blue-violet buds, purple flowers  in mid-late July on stems 15 to 24 in. long, nice for bunches, potpourri, sweeter scent, similar to the English Lavenders.

We are looking forward to a beautiful season, hope you are too!

Thanks so much for your patronage,

Martha Wilczynski

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





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Posted 5/26/2016 9:22am 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 open this week Thursday, Friday and Saturday 10 am-4 pm, (or by email appointment) for all your lavender plants & product needs. 

Starting JUNE 1st, SUMMER HOURS begin: MONDAY through SATURDAY 10 am to 4 pm through August.

Plant Sales:

Ready, Set, Go! Now that warm weather is upon us, and the soils are nice and moist, it's finally time to plant.

We still have a good supply of our hardy lavender varieties available. All plants are propagated from our lavender field plants and grown in our farm greenhouse. They have all proven their ability to survive our Michigan winters.  Plants are available in 2.5 inch square pots for $5 ea. or if you buy a flat of 32 plants (you may mix varieties) the price is $4.50 each.  The following varieties are available while supplies last:

Hybrid Lavandin varieties:

'Grosso': medium purple blooms in early July, on stems 15 to 24 in. long, good for bunches, potpourri, oil has nice, strong camphorous scent. 

'Super': pale lavender blooms in mid July on stems 15 to 36 in. long, good for bunches, potpourri, oil has nice scent, less camphor than 'Grosso'.

'Gros Bleu': dark blue-violet buds, purple flowers  in mid-late July on stems 15 to 24 in. long, nice for bunches, potpourri, sweeter scent, similar to the English Lavenders.

English Lavender varieties:(extremely winter hardy)

'Folgate':bright periwinkle flowers on stems up to 12 inches, blooms mid to late June, good for culinary use, oil, crafting, landscape plant.

'Loddon Blue': dark purple flowers on stems 6-10 inches, blooms mid-late June, nice, compact, symmetrical landscape plant, dried bunches.

'Imperial Gem': beautiful dark, velvety purple buds on stems 6 to 10 in. long, blooms mid-late June. Good for bunches, crafting.

'Royal Velvet': beautiful, dark purple buds on stems 10-15 in., blooms late June-early July, good for bunches, culinary, crafting.

'Royal Purple', medium purple buds, light purple flowers on stems 12-15 in., blooms late June-early July, good for landscape plant, fresh bouquets, crafting.

U-PICK LAVENDER SCHEDULE:

The 2016 U-Pick lavender season will be here soon and it promises to be spectacular!

U-pick season is scheduled to start Saturday June 25th and go as long as there are blooms to pick (usually through July).  During this time, for the cost of $5 a bunch, you are invited to cut your own lavender bunches using our scissors.  A bunch is measured by the amount you can fasten in the 6 in. twist-tie we provide. Because we have 8 different lavender varieties that bloom at different times (see variety descriptions above), we designate which areas to pick based upon availability and readiness.  

We are looking forward to a beautiful season, hope you are too!

Thanks so much for your patronage,

Martha Wilczynski

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





Copyright Lavender Hill Farm of Niles, MI  LLC , 2014

Posted 4/26/2016 2:23pm 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 open this week Friday and Saturday 10 am-4 pm, for all your lavender product needs.

Starting next week MAY HOURS begin: Thursday through Saturday 10 am to 4 pm

Plant Sales:

Spring has been heating up, and so has our greenhouse. On Thursday, May 5th,  we will begin lavender plant sales! All plants are propagated from our field plants and grown in our farm greenhouse. They are available in 2.5 inch square pots for $5 ea.  The following varieties are available while supplies last:

Hybrid lavandin varieties:

'Grosso', 'Super', and 'Gros Bleu'  

English Lavender varieties:

'Folgate', 'Royal Velvet', 'Royal Purple', 'Loddon Blue', 'Imperial Gem'

May is a great time for planting, but be sure to watch the forecast and cover any new greenhouse-grown plants (even species that are winter hardy, like lavender) if temperatures are forecasted to be below 40 deg. F. 

U-PICK LAVENDER SCHEDULE:

The 2016 U-Pick lavender season is scheduled to start Saturday June 25th and go as long as there are blooms to pick (usually through 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 6 in. 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:

Customers are welcome to bring their cameras with them and take pictures in the field during our regular open hours. We require that you credit our farm, and location, when sharing or posting online or publishing any photo taken on our farm.   We ask you to be respectful of our other customers and our property, and we reserve the right to ask you to refrain from any activity that we believe is not in keeping with that policy or to ask you to leave. Permission to photograph our farm outside of our regular hours is determined on a case by case basis, and requires advance approval, and a fee will be charged. Our mission is to provide quality products and experiences to all of our customers.

Thanks so much for your patronage!

Martha Wilczynski

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





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