Off Cold Spring Road in Milton, you’ll find a fairytale-like place called Lavender Fields at Warrrington – Delaware’s premier lavender farm. Besides its fragrant and bountiful fields, you’ll be impressed by what else it offers!
There’s a tea room, glass shed, drying barn filled with many feline friends to greet you. There are also other gardens to wander through: a bee and butterfly garden teeming with life, and a Dahlia garden surrounded by wildflowers.
As one can guess, it’s been a popular destination for weddings and other events. Guests can meander through the unique Zen garden! On Wednesdays at 10:30 June through October, be sure to attend their free demonstrations on the art of growing and harvesting lavender of many varieties.
And of course, you can’t miss the shopping at the cottage store. Sprigs of lavender abound, as well as other lavender products – everything from oils to body oils and insect repellent. Locals go wild for the Soap Fairy’s handcrafted soaps in an amazing array of scents, such as Citrus Sunrise, Down at the Beach (and, curiously one named Naked Man…).
If you can’t make it to the farm, you can order online, or purchase a variety of their products in-person during the farmers market season. They are fan favorites every week at the Historic Lewes, Rehoboth Beach and Bethany Beach markets! Through the cold winter months, you can still get your fix (and find some lovely holiday gifts) at the Cottage Shop or through their flourishing online store.
HISTORICAL NOTESo how did this historic farm come to be? Interestingly, the original land tract was granted to William Penn dating to 1684, and has a long history of creating fruit orchards, sorghum and sugar cane. At one point it was a dairy farm. Then in 1994, Pauline Petitt, who purchased the property and transformed it. Her local nickname was the Lavender Lady (she knew a thing or two about growing it, as her father was well-known in England for his lavender farms).
The current owners, Sharon Harris and Marie Mayor have grown the operation into a must see agritourism gem! Be sure to visit during peak growing season. The sights and smells are not to be missed!