Victoria Lavender Festival

June 20th, 2014 by Martin Vernon

The Victoria Lavender Festival on 12th and 13th July 2014 offers much more than than you expect. Victoria Lavender Farm is a joy to visit anytime but the July Festival is timed when the rows of lavender are gloriously coloured and special activities will make this a weekend treat.

Victoria-Lavender-Festival

Credit: Greg Aspa, AspaPhoto.com

Though conveniently close to Hwy 17 just north of Sidney, Victoria Lavender Farm is situated in a charming backwater of North Saanich neigbouring quiet country roads running by small farms. I have passed by so often but we decided to look for lavender plants to run along our driveway. Unexpectedly, we fell in love with this delightful place.

As you enter there’s a field on the left with sheep and goats and a pond with ducks, and on the right are pens of rabbits, ducks and doves. We met Alan the owner and, as we chatted, his hand-reared pet lamb deftly untied one of my shoelaces. We could see and hear numerous magnificent peacocks including a rare white one. Two friendly (but not unduly friendly) English sheepdogs roam, these are trained for sheepdog trials. It was pleasing to hear how rare breeds of ducks and geese are reared. So … this is a petting zoo with a difference.

Alan led us towards the large field with its rows of lavender bushes, first walking into a most unusual garden, a piece of Europe in Canada. A large area was divided very carefully into a formal garden employing just lavender, gravel and full-height statuary. He explained that he based it upon a garden in the Boboli Gardens in Florence inspired by Leonardo da Vinci’s ideas of the Golden Section (also called the Golden Ratio) whereby mathematical formula result in the most pleasing proportions to the human eye.

Victoria Lavender Farm, Vancouver Island

July’s Victoria Lavender Festival is new for 2014. There’ll be music, crafts and food, surrounded by waves of lavender plants. I hope to see you there.

 

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