Find us at Inch, Gorey, Co Wexford
(GPS: Long 52.735783, Lat -6.27017 Eircode Y25NW42)
Re-opens fully Saturday 8 April 2017 opening times 10:30am - 5pm (closed Mondays except bank holidays)
It goes back a long way! The word ‘lavender’ is believed to come from the Latin word ‘lavare’ meaning to wash/cleanse, since the plant’s antiseptic and healing properties were known to the Romans. Some suggestions are that the name derives from the practise of spreading washing to dry over lavender bushes in its native land. Another possibility is the historical use of lavender as a fragrance in Roman baths.
In today’s world lavender oil will fill your home with a gorgeous calming scent, treat insect bites, help repel fleas from your pets (put a few drops on their collar), help you sleep (put a few drops on a hankie or your pillow), de-stress you (add a few drops to your bath), and keep the moths at bay (put dried lavender in your drawers/wardrobe).
There are many different types of lavender, with plenty of varieties and colours to choose from.
Lavandula Augustifolia (English Lavender) has many varieties:
>> Hidcote with its stunning dark purple flowers, remains a gardener’s favourite and is suitably hardy for the Irish climate. Once fully mature, the plant will grow to a height and spread of about 1 metre/3 feet
>> Munstead is another popular choice, with paler mauve flowers and a long lasting scent.
There are also pink varieties of lavender (Miss Katherine, Rosea, Hidcote Pink to name a few) and also white varieties such as Edelweiss White.
Wexford Lavender Farm was planted with ‘Grosso’ and ‘Munstead’ plants (approximately 6,500!) in our two acre field in July 2013. Grosso is a hybrid variety, a cross between a true lavender and a Lavandin known for high yield oil production.
The Farm has been in our family since 1950. Most recently a dairy farm, the focus has now changed to arable with both lavender and barley being grown here. Registered with the Organic Trust Ireland, we grow our lavender organically with no chemical fertilisers, pesticides or herbicides. As the farm is a working arable farm we ask all visitors to stay within marked areas, supervise children and take care when crossing open areas.
Other Nominations & Awards:
2016 Finalist to represent South East at Local Development Company Enterprise Awards
2016 Finalist at Wexford Business Awards