BELFAST — The first regular monthly meeting of The Belfast Garden Club’s 2011-2012 season will begin with a field trip to Glendarragh Lavender Farm in Appleton at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20. The public is encouraged to attend, and car pooling will be arranged by gathering at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, 95 Court St., Belfast, at 1 p.m.
Lorie and Patrick Costigan, co-owners of Glendarragh Lavender Farm, will be host to an afternoon visit at their 1812 homestead and farm where they grow more than a dozen varieties of English and French lavenders. They have been farming on the 26-acre farm, which borders the St. George River, since 2007, reviving an older farm which had not been used agriculturally since the late 1960s. Their 1,500 lavender plants now produce flowers which are dried in the farm’s post-and-beam barn for use in locally made products such as scented pillows and sachets, teas and culinary lavenders. A partner farm in Oregon provides all-natural lavender oil for lotions and balms.
The Glendarragh crop will be large enough for its own lavender oil production by 2014. The farm store on Main Street in Camden sells the entire line of natural, locally made lavender products as well as favorites from Patrick’s home country, Ireland.
Many Glendarragh Lavendar Farm products will be available for purchase at the farm on the day of the Garden Club Tour.
Glendarragh Lavender Farm is located at 151 Searsmont Road (Route 131) in Appleton village. From Belfast: proceed west on Route 3. Make a left onto Route 131 and immediately bear right at the fork. Pass through Searsmont as you drive toward Appleton and Union. The farm is approximately 10 to 12 miles from the Route 3 turnoff. There is a sign at the farm and the barn is visible on the left-hand side of the road.
The Belfast Garden Club has promoted civic beautification and presented speakers to stimulate the knowledge and love of gardening since 1929. The club offers monthly public meetings in fall, winter and spring. The Belfast Garden Club is responsible for maintaining more than 12 public gardens in the city. The Garden Club holds the Open Garden Days all summer, and supports education through donations to the Belfast Free Library, Troy Howard Middle School Garden Project and an annual Education Scholarship. Each meeting of the Belfast Garden Club is open to the public. The club welcomes new members and volunteers year-round.
For more information visit http://www.belfastgardenclub.org/, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Martha Murphy at 338-1573.