We have over 30,000 lavender plants - English + French - in 7 different cultivars which were primarily planted in the spring of 2021. Our friends, family, and broader community came together to hand-plant every single lavender plug in a single heroic weekend. Each of our 7 cultivars has different properties that make it ideal for features of our Ontario climate, or for the products we make with it. Our field has easy-to-read signs about each of the lavender varieties, so that guests can experience a self-guided tour.
Avalon has a beautiful, winding, River Walk which peeks at the Nottawasaga River's North Branch. The walk - a favourite for photographers, kids, and dogs - is included in the field admission at Avalon, and takes about 10 minutes for a full circuit.
The Avalon Apiary is home to hundreds of thousands of honeybees and is lovingly managed in our partnership with Ontario Honey Creations. We're thrilled to offer Lavender Creamed Honey in our online store and Heritage Barn farm shop.
Our 30 free-range lavender orpington hens love their life of grazing and adoration here at Avalon. Guests continue to fall in love with their curious and friendly temperaments.
Avalon is home to 2 horses (KitKat the Thoroughbred + Logan the Hanoverian), plus 2 spunky ponies (Captain Crunch + Spirit) who love being lavished with attention. Our team often keeps special horse treats in the Heritage Barn farm shop - so please stop in and ask if you can feed them. We also ask that you do not feed them outside food, like apples, so we can keep them safe, happy, and healthy.
In 2020 we began work to fully restore our two-story 1891 Heritage Barn. Now a focal point of Avalon, this barn boasts spaces for drying our lavender, a flexible workshop and event area, and our Avalon farm shop filled with lavender products grown at Avalon and made by us or in partnership with celebrated local artisans. In September 2022 we will open the Avalon Country School on the main floor of the Heritage Barn.
This year we're opening a "cut-your-own" lavender element at Avalon: you can find out more HERE.