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Lavender signAfter not having visiting the lavender farm just east of Ilwaco for several years (just because we are so busy with our own and clients’ gardens), I was inspired to visit it twice in August.  What an absolutely gorgeous retreat it is, a hidden gem down a woodsy driveway.  On the 7th of August, Allan and I attended a tea party, and on the 11th of August, I was there for a dance festival.

Dwight, Sheri, Susan

Dwight, Sheri, Susan

Owners Dwight and Sudan and their daughter Sheri welcomed us.  Sheri is a familiar face in Ilwaco because she runs the Lavender Farm booth at the Ilwaco Saturday Market.  Because the farm is not always populated with colourful dancers and fairies (or is it?), first I’ll share the wonders of the garden…and then the dance festival in my next post.

the house, with grounds set up for dance performance

the house, with grounds set up for dance performance
front garden of the house

front garden of the house

house garden

house garden

front garden

front garden

in the garden

in the garden

To the left of the house, an outdoor kitchen provides a gathering space for parties.

entry to the outdoor kitchen

entry to the outdoor kitchen

outdoor kitchen

outdoor kitchen

ready for a party

ready for a party

outdoor oven

outdoor oven

in the outdoor kitchen

in the outdoor kitchen

cupcakes

cupcakes

tea party

tea party

The purple trim of the house is echoed in all of the outbuildings including this one on the lower level of the farm, called The Café of Angels.

outbuilding

outbuilding

"Café of Angels"

“Café of Angels”

no pouting zone

no pouting zone

seating for the angels

seating for the angels

mossy dell

mossy dell

mossy detail

mossy detail

by the café wall

by the café wall

window garden fence

window garden fence

entering behind the Café of Angels

entering behind the Café of Angels

wishing well

wishing well

The water table is always this high.

The water table is always this high.

seating

beautiful surroundings

beautiful surroundings

enchantment

enchantment

Finally, I left the lower garden to explore the rest of the farm. On a terraced hillside, stairways and grassy paths lead to level after level of beauty.

By this shed, steps led up..

By this shed, steps led up..

on the next level: chickens

on the next level: chickens

rooster

rooster

Dare I pass?

Dare I pass?

Tom the Turkey

Tom the Turkey

I did pass the rather intimidating rooster and further up the green grassy path came upon a large turkey in a pen.  My friend Mary has a story that might explain why the turkey is sturdily fenced.  Really, do not miss reading her tale of Tom the turkey.

On the next terrace a field of lavender led to a small building where antiques, furniture painted by owner Susan, and more lavender things were offered for sale.

lavender path

lavender path

dragons

boutique

boutique

open

open

inside

inside

teapots and cups

teapots and cups

painted rolling pins

painted rolling pins

a photo of Sheri in her wings at the Saturday Market booth

a photo of Sheri in her wings at the Saturday Market booth

From outside the little lavender boutique, we could see the back of the house with  Susan’s mural of a sunnier clime.

mural

mural

Higher still, I found a stone walled enclosure with an outdoor tub.

outdoor tub

outdoor tub

detail of tub enclosure

detail of tub enclosure

Behind the quite fabulous outdoor tub area, an enticing guest house had the same purple trim as the main house.

guest house from tub patio

guest house from tub patio

guest house

guest house

guest house window

guest house window

peering in the window

peering in the window

at the very top

at the very top

Working our way back down the hill, I found another little outbuilding.

another charming building

another charming building

Again I approached. through fragrant lavender, the back of the main house.

lavender field

lavender field

Allan, meanwhile, had gone up in a treehouse and photographed this view over the lower garden.

from the treehouse

from the treehouse

flower garden above the house

flower garden above the house

a deck beside the house

a deck beside the house

from above

from above

lavender path from deck

lavender path from deck

To one side, through an arbour...

To one side, through an arbour…

...led to another house deck.

…led to another house deck.

Instead, I chose a grassy path...

Instead, I chose a grassy path…

and instead of going back toward the chicken coop...

and instead of going back toward the chicken coop…

and took some stairs to my left.

I took some stairs to my left.
going down

going down

above the outdoor kitchen

above the outdoor kitchen

back on the lower level

back on the lower level

As we left to return to the parking area, I saw yet another route, back up the hill toward the treehouse where Allan had taken his overview photo.

stairs to the treehouse plateau

stairs to the treehouse plateau

stairsWithin a few days, I would be returning to this perfect garden for a few hours of the Beach Belly Dance festival and another walk up the hill to explore the many mysteries and surprises of the Painted Lady Lavender Farm.birdhouses

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