Lavender Artwork by Kerry Stone

Gallery member Kerry Stone has been busy harvesting lavender at her Warwick home! She shares:

“Its lavender harvesting time … or just the end of it. Over 20 years ago, I joined a Western Ma lavender group. I had the perfect soil for growing lavender … sandy and full sun. When we bought our home in Warwick, Ma, our 2 acres of land had not one tree or plant … My land was a blank canvas. We planted one tree a year and put in a vegetable garden. I felt a strong pull to lavender for its calming quality, its beauty and wonderful fragrance. So I planted over 100 plants!! They were very small and now 23 years later, they are happy and very large. As I was taking the leaves off of the stems this morning, I was thinking of all the women have helped me to harvest it … my daughter, my niece, my sisters, my husband’s Grandmother, my Aunt, and many friends. Coming up for a name for my lavender farm has been difficult. But today, in thinking of all the women who have helped me. I think “Lavender Ladies Farm” is a perfect name!

There is a lot of work to harvesting lavender. It must be carefully picked before the little purple flowers open. This year, I missed most of it because I was in Italy during the short window of harvest. I am harvesting what I can now. After the lavender is cut, the leaves need to be removed from the stem and then bundled and hung in a dark closet for them to dry. In the gallery, you will find my bundled lavender, lavender sachets, and lavender printed baby onesies, each one original and hand printed. Come in to the gallery to see the lavender!”