Native to the Mediterranean region, Lavender is a member of the mint family and is one of the oldest and most widely used of all flowers in the world.
Lavender is grown for its oil which is used as an antiseptic, insecticide and for aromatherapy. The flower buds are dried for potpourris and sachets. Lavender is used as a flavoring for pastries, teas, desserts and sugars. It is also used medicinally as an anti-inflammatory.
Each year, I look forward to making floral bouquets with fresh lavenders.