Jan 142015

New Patio RoomWhat used to be a sun room with a leaky greenhouse structure has been transformed into a beautiful little room with sunshine and four tables. The french doors open to the brick patio in the back.

In the colder months it is an intimate space with bright light, warm feelings, and great coffee, tea, and baked yummies. In the warmer months it is all that plus tables outside in the lovely bricked in patio.

People can reserve all or part of the space for a special event, like these pirates.

Staff After Festival Party

Staff After Festival Party

The space is easily accessible, you just go around the back and enter into a beautiful peaceful space.

The menu includes:

  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Lavender Lemonade
  • Lavender Hot Chocolate
  • Scones
  • Cookies
  • French Macarons
  • Bread & Cheese
  • Great Service
 Posted by at 4:46 pm
Jan 062015

Labyrinth lavender in bloom 2006

The labyrinth is a symbol found in ancient cultures around the world, dating back at least 4000 years. A classic labyrinth composed of seven circles appeared on every continent. During the Middle Ages, an eleven-circuit labyrinth pattern emerged and was designed into the floor stones of many cathedrals in Europe. This pattern was in place in Chartres Cathedral no later than 1220.

Man in the Maze

Man in the Maze

There are many traditional designs for the labyrinth. The one  at Lavender Wind Farm  is from one of several Hopi designs from the American Southwest called The Man in the Maze. This design symbolizes the female womb, only penetrable if one is pure and perfect. The male figure outside, representing the human seed, can penetrate the womb, fertilize the ovum, produce new life, which then emerges as a new birth or a reincarnated existence. Entry into the labyrinth gives new life thus achieving reincarnation and eternal life.  Here, the lavender serves as the marker of the pathway, and gives the journey a sweet, fresh air.

Psychologist Carl Jung called the labyrinth an “archetype of transformation.”  Walkers along its sinuous path find they are often deeply affected. People in transition periods find a calmer perspective. Those with untapped gifts to offer have their creative fires rekindled. Walkers dealing with grief experience the depth of the loss and peace. For millennia, the circling path that evolved from the simple spiral brought centeredness and healing to untold numbers of walkers. After lying dormant for several centuries, this ancient design is making a comeback, as a variety of institutions and individuals re-create it on floors, lawns, and canvas.

Sometimes the words “labyrinth” and “maze” are confused. While both refer to circling patterns, the two are actually totally different. A maze is a puzzle and thus designed to confuse; walkers must use their reasoning and cunning to escape. A labyrinth is a single path which leads the walker to the center and back out. The point is not to use reasoning powers, but rather to turn these off and to go into a “right brain” or imaginative mode. In an open, receptive frame of mind, the walker simply follows the path and experiences a deep, refreshing form of meditation. The average meditative walk takes about half an hour, though walkers move at their own individual pace.


People walk from the outer edge (the periphery) to  the center, and then back to the outer edge. Unlike a maze, a labyrinth has  no blind alleys or dead ends. It will not frustrate, because it is not a puzzle to be solved. You cannot get “lost” or make a mistake because there are no choices to be made once you have made the decision to start walking.  The decision is a metaphor for the choice of whether or not to walk a spiritual path. By following the path you always end up either in the center of the labyrinth or back at the entrance – it is the journey to the center of your deepest self and back out into the world with a broadened understanding of who you are.

Adults pass through the labyrinth with their spiritual walk in mind.  Children run through it expressing their mastery over the gift of their body and mind. 


Either way is a sacred path.

Whidbey Island has more than one labyrinth that people can walk. Carol Pucci wrote an article about them.

You may download our Labyrinth Handout.

Our Gallery of image of our Labyrinth over the years:


 Posted by at 12:36 am
Dec 042014
Screen shot from Debra Prinzing's page with our interview

Screen shot from Debra Prinzing’s page with our interview

Lavender interview by Debra Prinzing (Author of Slow Flowers: The conscious choice for buying and sending flowers)

Mike Neustrom and Sarah Richards were interviewed by Debra at the Northwest Regional Lavender Conference in Portland, OR Oct. 2014.

We are so thrilled to be able to talk with this influential cut flower industry author. From her site we found that Debra Prinzing is a Seattle and Los Angeles-based writer who can credit her happy existence writing about gardens and home design to great preparation: a degree in textiles and design and a long career in journalism.

All we know is that Debra is passionate about flowers, growing & buying them locally, her books are both beautiful and entertaining. It was an honor to be included in her podcast series.

Listen to the Podcast

 Posted by at 3:55 am
Nov 202014
Lavandula x-intermedia var “Provence”

Probably the last thing you are thinking as you get ready for Thanksgiving is “Can I plant lavender in my garden now?” But, that is exactly the question a woman asked me two days ago when she stopped by the shop. It’s been freezing cold for more than a week here, which is rare for this time of year out here on Whidbey Island. In spite of that I told her that when it warms up (surely in a couple of days) she can plant her lavender. At least out here.

Potted Plants with Gazebo

If you live in other, colder, parts of this huge country, then my answer is different. Plants fresh in the ground need to be comfy in their root/dirt relationship before they can endure too much freezing (and windy) weather. Here, in the Salish Sea area, our winters are quite temperate, snow and freezing weather are relatively rare, so, as long as the Lots of baby lavendersground isn’t frozen, we can plant most of the year. Not so for the colder parts of this country (such as in the Buffalo area, which, as I write this, is suffering the worst snow in decades). Folks living in snowy and frozen areas have to wait until winter breaks, the ground is unfrozen, and you are able to work the soil again before you can plant lavender. When exactly is that? That depends on the exact nature of your own micro-climate where you live, so you’ll need to ask someone at your local Master Gardener’s service or that neighbor who’s garden always is looking good.

If you find yourself wanting to burn up some of the calories from your dinner, and your weather is warm, then you just might be able to plant some lavender. If you live in our area, you can get some at our shop – we have several varieties, even at this time of year. If you live other places, check the member map at to find a lavender grower near you.
 Posted by at 6:03 am
Nov 092014

We love lists!

Scent Yourself Gift Basket

Several types of ready to go gift baskets

Let us help you pick out the perfect gift for everyone on your holiday shopping list.  We can help tailor a gift bag or gift basket for every recipient, or simply box up a great selection of items your family and friends will love.  Please call in advance to make an appointment for this free service  Available between 10am-5pm.  Call 360-544-4312.
Stuffed Animals

Lots of stuffed animals

Pack & Ship

We can do that too.  Once you’ve picked out your goodies, we’ll package them into gift bags or baskets.  Bring your addresses and we will ship them for you and include a free gift card too! (Shipping charges do apply).


Wood Salt Pepper Gift

All kinds of food items – baking mixes, salt & pepper sets, herbs, teas, jams….

Or shop from home in your pajamas by visiting our webstore.  Select from one of our gift baskets, gift bags, or wood gift sets.  Or select your own products and add one of our custom gift basket kits (S, M, L, & XL depending on the number of products).  We’ll put together a custom gift basket and ship for you or you can select “Pick up from store” and we’ll have it waiting for you.  You’ll need a separate order for each shipping address.

Many personal care items: lotions, soaps, massage oil, hand towels, kitchen towels. We can't name them all!

Many personal care items: lotions, soaps, massage oil, hand towels, kitchen towels. We can’t name them all!

We’ll include a free gift card – just enter the text in the notes section that you would like included on the card to customize your message for each order.

Relax! We will help take care of your gifting needs.

 Posted by at 5:55 am
Oct 202014

In October, 2014, Lavendula arrived in Coupeville, much to her surprise. This is her story as it unfolds over the month.

Day 1

Day 2 Porch

Day 3 Cars

Day 4 Gallery

Day 5 Wharf

Day 6 Museum

Day 7 pictureinmuseum

Day 8 Eagles

Day 9 Lavender Wind

Day 10 Inside

Day 11 Swing

Day 12 Aunts Arrive

Day 13 Sitting with Aunties

[Stay tuned for the next installment.]

 Posted by at 4:46 am
Aug 212014
Gathering Lavender at Granery

Gathering Lavender at Granery

There is an amazing resource in Coupeville, and no, I’m not talking lavender.

GraneryLate one afternoon I drove up to the Bishop’s Granery,where they have been letting me hang lavender to dry because we have a bumper crop and needed more drying space. I needed to clear out some dry lavender to make room for more fresh lavender we are harvesting.

The Granery has been on the prairie since at least 1893 as you can see in this image from the inside wall where they were logging bags of grain. Granery Graffitti

As I drove up to the gated dirt road, in my white Chevy Colorado pickup, a car was blocking the entrance to the driveway. A couple of people with cameras were wandering down the road. “Hey!”, I called out, a bit annoyed “I need to get in here.” The woman, with good will, immediately ran to her car and moved it so I could drive in. At the granery they approached me and asked if they could take pictures. With a grin, in spite of still being rather peevish, I said, “Sure! But you have to earn the right by helping me take down some of this lavender.” These two students of light, Arthur Myerson and Keron Psillas who are instructors at Pacific Northwest Art School, gasped with delight as their eyes adjusted to the darkness inside and they saw the racks of lavender hanging. The three of us cheerfully set to work taking the lavender out and throwing it into the back of the pickup. As farm workers they lacked efficiency because they kept stopping and taking pictures. I really can’t fault them, though, look at the result – Arthur sent me the top picture, it makes the lavender come alive. I ended up with a full load of lavender, and they ended up with a bunch of pictures and a story to tell their students.

Owl In Granery

Meet one of the current residents of the Granery.

The amazing resource is two-fold. It’s the Pacific Northwest Art School that brings talented, creative people to our community, and it’s Ebey’s Landing Historical Reserve that has preserved the prairie and beyond for generations to come.

PS. The Granery was part of a larger homestead, which is now gone. This is the setting where the granery is located just back of the tower sort of building.Historical Buildings

The historical pictures of the Granery and the owl are from Karen Bishop used with permission.
Arthur Meyerson’s picture of Sarah gathering lavender in the granery is used with permission.

 Posted by at 12:07 pm
Jul 242014

The tragic fires in eastern Washington right now have had an unexpected result for me at the farm. There is a film camp that normally takes place in Twisp each year called Wild Mind Film Camp. The dates for the camp this year are July 16-27. However, they had to evacuate due to the fire in the Methow Valley, and luckily they found accommodations on Whidbey Island. 

Monday I was distilling at the farm and a woman introduces herself as Lulu Gargiulo, a film student, and tells the story of the camp’s relocating. Then she asks if she can film the farm and interview me. Ok, I’m a bit of a ham, so it was easy to say: “Sure!” Turns out this “student” is a film making professional and has done lots of projects from commercials to features. Lulu and Gear in PatioWhat she hasn’t done is direct films, because she has mostly been behind the camera as director of photography and camera operator. Just to add drama to the context of her request of me I want to remind you that we are getting ready for our annual festival and at the same time we are having the biggest harvest we have ever had. Everyone on the staff is working incredibly hard and for longer than normal hours. But, I am a fool for fun projects, and Lulu’s film camp sounded fun.

The next day she comes to the Coupeville shop and prepares to interview me on camera. A fellow student serves as her assistant and they stage the patio, set up their equipment and invite me in. She started asking me questions, and they were good ones. They made me think. They asked me to reflect on the farm, my trajectory as a lavender farmer, my part in the community, and some rather deep thoughts about lavender, farming lavender, and what it all means. 

Lulu in Kitchen with CookieIt was a blast! I’d include the video, but she is off in the editing barn, on Whidbey Island, trying to put bits and pieces together to make it into a cohesive whole. It is, after all, a student project, even if that student is a gifted professional so she needs to burn the midnight oil to complete the work. I sure hope I get to see it when it’s done. Meanwhile, we are working on getting her addicted to our lemon lavender shortbread.

 Posted by at 4:44 am
Jul 102014

Lavender Wind Festival2014  Poster

Our 11th annual Lavender Festival is bringing back wine and music for your enjoyment. Relax walking the lavender fields, then sit back and sip some local wines and listen to music. Want to learn how to make a lavender wreath or a lavender wand? This year we have booths with lavender craft activities, a children’s activity booth, and a wide variety of art booths by fabulous local artists. Oh, and did we mention food? You will find an amazing array of tasty treats for any palate. 

You don’t need tickets to come. Free Parking, if you are nice to the parking attendants!

Music Schedule

July 26

12:00 pm Siri Bardarson

3:00 pm  Shifty Sailors (Time delayed 1/2 hour)

July 27

12:00 pm  The Muse and Eye

2:30 pm   Skinny Tie Jazz


  • Mary Alice Sterling – Handmade & shaped baskets
  • Penny Allison Rees – Original Watercolor paintings
  • Mike & Marilyn Dessert – Red Cedar tote boxes,specialty dispensers & paper Quilling art
  • Cheri Bricker – Wire art creations for growing & protecting plants
  • Lyla Lillis – Artistic utilitarian pottery made with Whidbey Island Clay
  • Janis Swalwell – Handblown & sculpted art glass for your garden
  • Susan Large – Native American jewelry inspired by nature
  • Lucy Johnson – Modern style encaustic, mixed media & watercolor art
  • Jay Crowdus & Stuart Nelson – Metal animal & bird ornaments & garden design accents
  • Barbara Marks – Original paintings, ceramics & wood carvings
  • Peter Durand – Original Linoleum prints
  • Joel Griffith – Iron & wood furniture, wood bowls, sculpture & bird baths.

Lavender Crafts

  • Wreath Making
  • Lavender Wand Making
  • Distilling Demonstration
  • Children’s Activity Booth
Jun 102014
Plate of Swiss Chard Rollups

Plate of Swiss Chard Rollups

It is late spring and the garden is starting to take off. The Swiss Chard is growing like a weed and it’s a perfect time to try lots of new ways to use those big leaves in creative ways. These roll ups are just the thing for a tasty plate of hors d’oeuvres that have good flavor and are good for you.

Makes 20


  • 5 large leaves of Swiss Chard (you can substitute kale or spinach)
  • 3/4 C Onion, chopped
  • 4 Cloves Garlic, chopped
  • 2 Tbl Olive Oil
  • 2 1/2 tsp Thyme, fresh or 1 tsp dried
  • 1 tsp Lavender, dried, ground
  • 1/4 C Almonds, chopped
  • 3/4 C Asagio Cheese, hard, grated
  • 1 Egg
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • Toothpicks for roasting

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Mix the filling

Chop onion, garlic, thyme, and lavender.

Chopped onions and garlic

Chopped onions and garlic

In a fry pan with the 2 tablespoons of olive oil sauté the onions and garlic. When barely starting to brown, add Thyme and Lavender, Salt and Pepper. Stir frequently so the vegetables just get a little bit more brown. 

Sauteed onions, garlic, and herbs

Sauteed onions, garlic, and herbs

Then remove from heat and put into another bowl to cool.

Filling all mixed together

Filling all mixed together

Add egg and stir until blended. Then add the Asagio cheese and the chopped almonds and stir until they are all mixed in.

Prepare the leaves

Wash and de-stem the leaves and break into pieces that are about 4” square. They will vary in size and shape, that’s ok. Save the stems of the Swiss Chard for soups, or just sautéing with other veggies in another meal.

Pieces of chard ready for filling

Pieces of chard ready for filling

Form the roll ups 

Put them vein side up and spoon in about a teaspoon of filling per leave piece.

Spooned in filling

Spooned in filling

Almost as if you are wrapping a little package, fold over sides first 

Fold first side

Fold first side

Fold second side

Fold second side

then the ends.

Fold one end

Fold one end

then fold the other end

then fold the other end

Put a toothpick through to hold it from falling open

then fold the other end

Put in toothpick

and place onto a cookie sheet that has been greased with butter or oil (I started using coconut oil for this and it’s releases well).

then fold the other end

Ready to bake

After you have filled your pan, roast them for about 12 minutes in the 350º oven.

Baked and cooling

Baked and cooling

Take them out and cool them on the pan. They will be slightly crispy when you take them out, but they will soften a bit as they cool.

Plate them up and add a garnish of sprigs of lavender and thyme if you want.

Plate of Swiss Chard Rollups

Plate of Swiss Chard Rollups

This is a Plan Friendly recipe.

PS. Use the stems from the swiss chard for soups or stir fry. In this recipe we used Rainbow Chard, and those stems are so pretty!

Baked and cooling

Swiss chard stems

 Posted by at 7:23 am