Lavender Crafts In Georgetown, KY
Written by Kathy Witt
Want to invite a little magic into your life?
Visit Lavender in Bloom, a U-pick flower farm in Georgetown known for its fields of lavender –thousands of lavender plants blooming white and pink and in all shades of purple.
It is an enchanting sight, and a heavenly aroma.
Lavender has held people in its thrall since ancient time. The Egyptians used it in their cosmetics. In Roman times, it was recognized for its healing qualities. The Greeks believed it to fight insomnia.
A symbol of purity, calmness and serenity, lavender speaks of refinement and luxury and is associated with the crown chakra, the energy center controlling one’s connection to spirit, wisdom and self-knowledge.
“We first fell in love with lavender while visiting out west and wished for our own patch of magic,” said Tessa Habash, who owns the farm with her husband, Kefah. “After a lot of trial and error, our dream has come true!”
Opened for U-pick in 2018, the farm grows 11 different varieties of lavender, including English and French varieties like Royal Velvet and
Hidcote Giant. Additionally, the farm’s mixed flower cutting garden yields bouquets of snapdragon, sweet pea, scabiosa, calendula, foxglove, zinnia, dahlias, celosia, cosmos, sunflowers and more. Throughout the growing season, from June through September, there are beautiful fresh flowers to pick.
Additionally, this certified Kentucky Proud member makes artisan-distilled lavender hydrosol (also called floral water) made one hundred percent from the farm’s lavender.“Our copper distiller makes a lovely, scented hydrosol that needs no aging,” said Tessa. “It is mild enough to be used straight on the skin as a body spray or a linen or room spray. It has all the calming properties of essential oil.”
The farm hosts a number of events, including the upcoming Yoga in the Field-Summer Solstice, 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 21. Several workshops will be offered in June, including Bath Bomb-Making, Wreath & Wand-Making and Painting in the Field. Dates for these classes will be released when the lavender is ready to pick.
“The lavender must be relatively mature to make the wreaths and wands so they will last,” said Tessa.
As alluring as the lavender plant, its many and varied uses have remained a source of fascination over time.
“Lavender can be used in bath and body products, which most people are familiar with,” said Tessa. “It’s delicious as a unique addition to sweet and savory dishes. Lavender lemonade is a bestseller here at the farm.
“And there seems to be endless crafting opportunities with lavender, such as wreathmaking, wand-making and making sachets and floral
crowns with fresh or dried lavender.”
Lavender is not native to Kentucky so 2,000 plants blooming in the midst of Scott County farmland is something of an unusual sight. There also aren’t many u-pick flower farms in the area, especially ones that focuses on a singular special herb.
“Our farm provides a fun experience for the entire family to learn more about natural crafts and all you can do with this herb,” said Tessa.
Take a daytrip to one of Kentucky’s most unique agritourism venues. Visit Lavender in Bloom’s website to see the U-pick schedule and crafting workshop dates. Updates may be found on the farm’s Facebook page. Subscribe to the Lavender in Bloom Newsletter here. Shop for lavender products, including the lavender hydrosol plus lavender bath salts and baking mixes, at the farm store: www.lavenderinbloom.farm/shop.
Lavender in Bloom Lavender Wand
Tessa Habash says lavender wands are fun to make and provide a long-lasting souvenir from her and husband Kefah’s Lavender in Bloom Farm. All you need are some lavender sprigs, which you can pick up on your next visit to the farm, and a length of satin ribbon.
- Take an odd number (about 17) of fresh long-stemmed lavender.
- Tie the end of a 4-foot length of quarter inch satin ribbon just below the flower buds.
- Fold the stems back to make a cage around the flower buds.
- Weave your ribbon over one stem, under the next, over, then under, etc.
- Continue weaving until you’ve completed the cage of lavender.
- Tie a bow under the cage.
The lavender buds are contained inside the ribbon cage and will dry in approximately one week. Store the wand in a dresser drawer, closet, desk – anywhere you’d like a sachet. Press the wand firmly to release the lavender’s scent. According to Tessa, these dried buds will continue to release a wonderful lavender scent more than a year later!
Author: Kathryn Witt
Kathryn Witt is an award-winning travel and lifestyle writer, syndicated columnist and author of several books, including Secret Cincinnati, The Secret of the Belles and Atlanta Georgia: A Photographic Portrait. A member of SATW, Authors Guild and the Society of Children’s Books & Illustrators, she lives in northern Kentucky.