While we were on Crete, we had the extraordinary opportunity to visit Gill and Derek Pearce at their organic lavender and olive farm, The Lavender Way.
The Lavender Way is the only organic lavender farm in Crete. They produce and sell essential oils, sachets, gels, spritzers, tea and hand-made wands, and they ship worldwide.
Lavender plants and olive trees clearly love each other! To show you pictures of these two growing in harmony together, I created a slideshow on Flickr (including all my pictures from Greece and Crete).
Within moments of meeting Gill and Derek, I felt as if I was meeting old friends. Their philosophy, approach to the plants, and love of beauty and essential oils left me feeling right at home. Gill showed us her remarkable journal tracking all the lavender plants and species, where they are planted and their progress. These lavender plants are well loved!
In the drying room were tables covered with lavender! Infusions of St Johns Wort and Carrot Seed were tucked away. Gill showed us the different species of lavender flowers and explained the different oils and products produced.
As we wandered through the lavender fields, we were greeted by mounds of vibrant healthy lavender, olive trees, wild herbs and bamboo . . . Oh and did I mention the view of the Aegean sea from their house? Beauty everywhere I looked!
The picture here was taken at the lunch we shared together at a local restaurant. We never even opened the menu--they just asked the chef what was fresh and platters of food arrived!
If you're tempted to treat yourself to some wonderful lavender oils, wands or tea from Crete, this is the place!