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The Lavender Lover's Handbook: The 100 Most Beautiful and Fragrant Varieties for Growing, Crafting, and Cookin Hardcover – May 1, 2012

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One of the most distinctive and beloved fragrances in the world, lavender has justifiably earned its multitude of devotees, thanks to its soothing and delicate aroma, varied culinary and healing properties, and rewarding landscape versatility. A bit tricky, a tad temperamental, yes, but for those who are willing to do a little advance planning and provide a smidgen of TLC, lavender will reward the observant gardener with enough sensory benefits to make it all worthwhile. Along with a thorough and enlightened discussion of lavender’s specific cultural requirements and landscape applications as well as a succinct compilation of 100 top varieties, Bader offers an extensive collection of recipes and instructions for everything from lavender desserts and drinks to wreaths and wands. A nationally recognized lavender expert, Bader cultivates 5,000 plants representing more than 90 cultivars on a small Oregon farm, and her uncommon depth of practical experience and unrivaled knowledge make this an indispensable manual for the seasoned gardener and an inspiring guide for anyone captivated by lavender’s alluring qualities. --Carol Haggas

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"... Bader offers an extensive collection of recipes and instructions for everything from lavender desserts and drinks to wreaths and wands."
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"A field guide, growing guide, and craft guide all in one, The Lavender Lover's Handbook has something for anyone who loves this plant."

(Karen's Korner)

"The book is filled with glorious pictures, tasteful recipes, fabulous crafts, and a wonderful education on growing lavender."
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The book is filled with glorious pictures, tasteful recipes, fabulous crafts, and a wonderful education on growing lavender.
(Akron Beacon Journal)

"Covers a wide range of aspects of growing and using the popular herb."
(Library Journal)

"The best recent all-around lavender book with something for gardeners, crafters, and cooks alike."
(Country Gardens)

“This book is the heady distillation of [Sarah Bader’s] knowledge."

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Timber Press (May 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1604692219
  • ISBN-13: 978-1604692211
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 0.9 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,136 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Throughout my life, I have always loved getting my hands in the dirt. There is something very spiritual about planting something and nurturing it until it comes to life. I spent many summers on my family's farm in Oklahoma as a child. The sense of community, the love of the "farm lifestyle" - has always been something I wanted to be a part of as an adult.

When we purchased our five acre farm in 2000, I spent many, many hours in the garden. At that time, we had a filbert orchard and the trees eventually died of blight. After taking them out, I pondered a replacement crop, mostly for our farm deferral. After visiting Sequim, Washington and seeing fields of a wondrous herb called lavender, I toyed with the idea of planting a plot somewhere on the property. I decided to plant a test plot in 2003 and acquired starts from a wholesale supplier. Once the plants bloomed, I realized that close to 70% of them were mislabeled. It was a frustrating experience, but out of that, came an opportunity to find out what they really were and to research lavender growers in our area. Many lavender starts are brought into the US from other countries and the chance for mislabeling is high. Many types of lavender are grown from seed and are not true to variety, making it difficult to acquire a correctly labeled quality lavender plant.

I came across growers that have been starting lavenders from cuttings for many years and acquired varieties that are not readily available in other parts of the country. As my collection grew, I built my first propagation greenhouse in 2005. Two more were built in 2006 and still another one was built early in 2009.

In 2006, we planted close to 5000 plants in our upper field with over 80 cultivars of lavender. This gave me a chance to find out first hand which ones are good for what purposes. Visitors get a chance to walk through the fields and see the plant's growth habit, color, bloom time and ask questions to find out which lavenders work for them. Then you may purchase our plants after seeing firsthand what the plant will look like once it's fully grown. This gave me an idea. Why not offer these plants to folks around the country, especially those who may not have been exposed to these wonderful new species? We began selling plants wholesale on line and now sell plants all over the country and in Canada. People who want to start lavender farms just like I did can ask questions about planting, soil, different varieties, as well as laying out the land - and I can help them pick which ones will work for them based on their preferences. This year, after taking many pictures and breaking down the lavender by different characteristics, we have launched our new retail plant website. Visitors can choose lavender based on uses, color preference, even color of the foliage. Our easy to use site map lets you choose lavender that will grow well in your region.

This has been a true labor of love. In 2005, my marriage ended and I almost closed up shop. The first years were very difficult raising two small children and running a business but I hung on and listened to that voice inside that told me to keep going. I believe that we are all given a chance to pursue our passions and we can either continue meet our challenges head on or play it safe. Today my children get the chance to see their Mom do what she loves and make a living at it, and I get the chance to see them enjoy what farm life has to offer. During the summer we walk down to our vegetable garden and gather produce for our weekly soup, which they help me make. We can make a day of collecting bugs and viewing them through a magnifying glass. Watching the praying mantis eggs hatch in our greenhouses is a quite an event. There is so much more, especially those moments that are hard to put into words. Being able to pass along our experiences and offer a piece of our farm to you gives me great joy. We are truly blessed. We look forward to seeing you soon!

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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful By D. Klecan on June 25, 2012
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Loved this book. Finally someone has summarized all the major aspects of lavender growing for the average gardener!!!! And it has great photographs!!! .....many lavender books have out-of-focus pictures. I know that the lavender flower is small, but in the 21st century with digital cameras and macro lenses, there is no excuse for out-of-focus pictures. For the first time I now have a clear picture of the difference between hardwood cutting and softwood cutting. It has the basics: how to grow, prune, harvest, how to use for arts and crafts and how to use for culinary purposes. Also has some great lists of lavenders for 1. best color, 2. size, 3 hedges, 4. blooming, 5. scent and 6. location. Then there are pages and pages of beautifully photographed lavender, each with a clear description of color, size, hardiness zone and additional notes about growing that particular lavender.

Other lavender books available, especially written by authors from New Zealand or England (ex. Naughton, Lavender: The Grower's Guide) assume that you have a degree in botany. Other publications like the farm and agricultural co-op pamphlets (example, Curtis Beus, Growing and Marketing lavender, EB2005)are targeted to the person with hundreds of acres trying to get into the business of lavender planting. Here, finally, is a comprehensive book about lavender growing for those of us who just want to enrich our lives with this lovely plant or enhance our gardens with the lovely purple of lavender.

A missing component to this book is a listing of lavender plants for the desert or high altitude desert. A large group of lavenders do particular well in this climate, and there are lavender festivals in southwest, New Mexico, Colorado. Also a listing for High Country Gardens, a nursery in Santa Fe that specializes in high altitude gardening, [..] is not posted.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Sandy Cardinal on November 18, 2012
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Nicely presented information on lavender, from selecting plants, growing tips and using the buds in a variety of crafts and cooking.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By S D Cummings on January 13, 2013
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Though not as detailed as The Genus Lavendula, this book contains a lot of good information for the back-yard lavender grower.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl S. Campbell on August 2, 2013
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My sister and I started growing Lavender as a crop four years ago in order to make and sell Lavender products such as soap and sachets. In order to be able to speak to customers about our products, we needed to educate ourselves. This is one of the best books on the subject. It addresses all the questions that usually come up in a conversation with curious consumers. I am also a Master Gardener Volunteer who provides educational seminars as part of a Speaker Series in our community. When speaking on the subject of Growing Lavender in Ohio, I have is book on my table and recommend it to those who are interested.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R. Stott on May 26, 2014
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My front yard of lavender is ripping as I write this. Sarah wrote a wonderful book.
The book addresses choosing varieties, how to properly grow and cultivate lavender, cooking with lavender, and crafting with it.
The pictures are beautiful. I'd recommend this book to anyone with an interest in lavender.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By LRW on April 6, 2013
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Warning: If you like lavender, this book may be dangerous. This is a beautifully photographed book that does into detail about growing and using lavender. It includes chapters on using lavender in the landscape, growing lavender, diagnosing lavender problems, and using lavender in both cooking and crafts. I think that the most valuable part of the book, however, is the detailed variety listings and recommendations. For example, I bought a small "Provence" lavender a few years ago, thinking that since Provence and lavender are practically synonymous, that the "Provence" variety would be the best. If I'd had this book, I would have known that while "Provence" has a fabulous scent, the flowers aren't the deep purple I'd pictured and it doesn't dry well for crafts. This book has excellent pictures of each variety and many lists of suggested varieties by color and use.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Debbie Jennings on March 18, 2013
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Not only beautiful to look at but such a wealth of information. It's getting plenty of use in helping me plan the choices for a lavender bed going in within the next few weeks. Plenty of fun and delicious ideas for using lavender as well. Very pleased with the whole book.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Cyndi on August 28, 2012
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This book answered all my questions and inspired me to grow more lavender. Great pics and perfect information on types of lavenders.
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