Lavender and Lace at The Bothy Farm is a family owned and operated LLC founded in 2015, by Anita and Paul Barry. Anita is a very talented craft maker of lace and calligraphy products and works professionally as an analyst. Paul is a retired United States Air Force & United States Government employee with a keen interest in carpentry and gardening. We started the farm in 1999 to raise our sons and enjoy horses, and recently expanded the farm to include lavender and agritourism.
Our niece visited a Virginia lavender grower in 2015 and encouraged us to consider planting lavender. With her encouragement we spent a weekend visiting three lavender farms and came to the conclusion growing lavender would be an adventure that would fit our lifestyle. We enthusiastically began planning. We re-purposed one of our horse pastures into an area for lavender beds and laid out two large beds for four varieties of lavender.
In May 2016 we planted 450 young lavender plants in the two large beds. We planted 6 varieties: Hidcote, Folgate, Munstead, True Grosso, Provence and Goodwin Creek lavender.
In August and September of that year we had surprise blooms and shared the fun by hosting the South Atlantic Region of the United States Lavender Growers Association to our farm. We also offered 4 lavender wand-making classes.
In May 2017 friends and family came together to plant 700 tiny lavender plants purchased locally from a garden nursery in Culpeper, Virginia. The planting was a large undertaking with all hands in the dirt. Surprisingly, our hands smelled fragrant from handling the lavender! It’s a good feeling to plant lavender. It attracts butterflies and bees yet it’s naturally rabbit and deer resistant. And, so many wonderful products can be made from the buds, leaves and stems of the lavender plants! From air-fresheners to warm tea, it’s amazing the number of products created with lavender.
The final two beds were planted in 2018 with four varieties of lavender. Exciting!
In May 2019 we will be replanting 300+ lavender plants due to substantial weather-related losses. When planting there is always replanting.