Scott County Lavender
PO Box 3322
Johnson City, TN 37602
Phone: (888) 222-3715
Ah, the romance of Lavender! So began Scott County Lavender.
The farm is located on the banks of the Clinch River in Dungannon, Virginia. It was home to several crops (watermelon, pumpkins, hay, tobacco) over the years. The farm has belonged to the Gilliam family since the early 1900's and was passed down to Pat Gilliam Osborne in 1994.
At first, Pat leased the farm as a pasture for cattle, hay and tobacco as a cash crop. Being a true entrepreneur, she saw a need for a new business as the government phased out tobacco with decreases annually in her tobacco allotment. After researching several possible crops, she came across articles about people who were successfully growing Lavender on the west coast. Research indicated that the growing conditions were right for Lavender growth on her farm. That research and her love of plants that smell good, prompted her to start Scott County Lavender. From the first test fields in 2002 to the 18,000+ plants now planted, Scott County Lavender is growing quickly. Pat is still learning different techniques for growing, harvesting and drying Lavender. She has studied these techniques in England, France and Australia, where most of the world's supply of Lavender is grown.
Presently, the farm has ten varieties of Lavender and Pat plans to add different varieties each year. All of the Lavender is grown organically. They also grow eight varieties of rose scented geraniums. Any herb that is grown at Scott County Lavender, will be a compliment to the lavender oil when it is distilled into essential oil and hydrosol. The lavender is dried and distilled in the old tobacco barn.
Scott County Lavender has developed a line of products made with the Lavender grown on the farm. Pat and her family have learned to enjoy and appreciate the valuable properties of Lavender and that is also their desire for you.
Lavender's blue, diddle diddle
So goes the song;
All around her bush, diddle diddle,
They love her well, diddle diddle,
So do the bees;
While she herself, diddle diddle
Sways in the breeze!
Lavenders blue, diddle diddle,
She'll scent the clothes, diddle diddle,
Put away clean-
Clean from the wash, diddle diddle,
Hanky and Sheet;
Lavender spikes, diddle diddle,
Make them all Sweet!
- Cicely Mary Baker, A WORLD OF FLOWER FAIRIES
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