Jan and Stuart Abernethy are Lavender Abbey. We moved from Wellington to Carterton in 2008 for a lifestyle change where we purchased a 7.5 acre rural property. On our property we run sheep, chickens, pigs, and cows. We also have Rene' a French Briard dog (pictured on our website), a Burmese cat, a Birman cat and a Ginger & White stray cat (previously stray that is), they all share our home with us.
We chose to grow French "Grosso" Lavender and we spend a lot of time caring for it throughout the year prior to harvest in February. A lot has to happen before harvest day - pruning, weeding, lots of tender loving care and plenty of Carterton sunshine.
We use our Lavender Pure Essential Oil and Lavender flowers to make our homemade and handmade Lavender Abbey products which are available for sale on this website.
We have really enjoyed our journey with Lavender and look forward to November each year when the sight of little flowers and a mass of purple haze commences. By December the lavender is in full bloom which is a lovely sight indeed. On a hot summers day you can smell the lavender aroma around the property.