Western Pennsylvanians know the pain of having entire gardens of beautiful, tender flower buds nipped off neatly by hungry deer. Discerning, deer are not, but they will not touch lavender, which makes it a perfect choice for landscaping and gardening as well as for cooking and cleaning, healing and crafting.
Destiny Hill Farm (destinyhill.com) in Washington County is hosting its first lavender festival on June 30 and July 1, showcasing the myriad uses for the fragrant purple flower. Admission is $8.
Guests will be able to cut their own lavender, listen to a number of featured speakers and visit vendors booths.
Food-wise, the plant will star in a special ice cream made with Destiny Hill lavender from Bruster's Ice Cream. There also will be lavender iced tea and lemonade, lavender cookies, cupcakes and blondie bars, as well as a fruit salad with lavender and a garden vegetable pasta salad with lavender vinaigrette.
Bedillion's Honey and Farm market will be selling home-grown fruit and vegetables and eggs as well as honey, and Christian Klay Winery will do a tasting.food - garden