|Heaven scent in the lavender hills, Yorkshire post, uk
Any time now
the lavender fields of Provence will be in full flower – creating a sea
of purple and a feast for the senses. Alexandra Wood reports
The long grey
rows of lavender stretch as far as the eye can see – parallel lines
marching off to the horizon, lent perspective by the odd picturesque
ruin. In summer, the fields are alive with bees as the fragrant harvest
is gathered in for one of France's best-loved products.
Liardet has a charming approach to the workshops she runs from her tiny
upstairs kitchen, surrounded by the debris of cooking an evening meal
for 10. Everyone is jammed in like sardines in a tin; the lid flies off
a jar of freshly-made raspberry and lavender conserve, a glass shatters
and aubergine mixture gathers in a pool on the table but Catherine – a
cross between Felicity Kendall and Barbara Windsor – is not the
slightest bit concerned.
At the International Lavender Conference (TALGA)
in Tassie I found it fascinating that people around the world in the
Lavender business suffer from the same probems as we do, one huge one
being weeds. Lots of idea's are thrown around but there are pros and
cons for all of them, there never seems to be a "right thing to do"
because all Lavenders grow & respond differently depending on where
you live, even simple things can majorly affect the outcome.
Experimentation- see what's best for you and what works. There was a
guest speaker from France, a gorgeous girl, Catherine Liardet, she and
her family have dedicated there lives to Lavender for over 100 years,
they live as one with the lavender. I was Intrigued by her (& her
accent, beautiful) Catherines’ family, farm organically, they
"let the sheep in to eat the weeds" before harvest. This got me
thinking. I am not into chemicals, never really have been, (I
clean with mostly with Enjo have done for years) I'd rather get down on
my hands and knees and pull the weeds, (which is what we have been
doing) but there are only 24 hours in a day, I need some help. So
sheep it is for us for a while. Hopefully they will save us some
time?-(& not eat the lavenders) Lots of hard work has been
done in preperation, like fencing, Michael and Pop have re fenced
the whole house yard to sheep proof it, the fence & new gates look
so good, great job boys- thankyou.x All there is left to say now
is "go sheep go, give all you've got!"..... but please don't eat my
Lavenders.Saturday, June 18, 2011
The Sixth International Lavender Conference "The last decade"
was held in Wagga Wagga The keynote speaker was Catherine
Liardet-Couttolenc from the town of Sault in Provence and she spoke of
the Lavender Industry in France and Australia ...
“The Best of Both Worlds”
Aromatherapy/medicinal value of lavender oil from several perspectives
KEY PRESENTERS CATHERINE LIARDET, Author/ Owner
"Conservatoire des Collections Vegetales” 5th generation lavender farmer. La Ferme aux Lavandes, Sault, France.
TUESDAY 8TH FEBRUARY 0830: Call to Conference
WEDNESDAY 9TH FEBRUARY 90 minute WORKSHOPS
CATHERINE LIARDET (Workshop 1)
Perfume construction and Fougere effects
Olfactory properties of selected essential oils and perfume construction.
Making your own personalised Eau de Toilette
CATHERINE LIARDET (Workshop 2)
Olfactory qualities of lavender oils: Understanding what makes a difference!
Learning the subtle differences between Lavender essential oils: from top note to bottom notes
ABC Rural Report for Northern Tasmania : Lavender from the fields of France
Tasmania's essential oil crops expanding this year
Lavender for essential oils, red poppies and blue cornflowers mixed
with wheat; that's the summer scene on Catherine Liardet's French
Catherine Liardet is an agronomy teacher and botany book writer,
including 10 books on lavender, which has been the source of her
family's livelihood for six generations.
But writing now subsidises Catherine Liardet's lavender farm, because
she says the family's tradition of growing and distilling lavender one
thousand metres up in France is a bit like a religion.
By Rosemary Grant, Launceston, Thursday 20th October 2011