A look at Wicomico County’s only lavender farm
WICOMICO CO., Md. – Lavender is known as a calming, peaceful herb, and one couple in Wicomico County wants to share that with the entire community. They’re the owners of the only lavender farm in the county, where you can pick your own bundles and shop a slew of lavender infused products.
“It has antiseptic qualities, anti-inflammatory qualities, it’s the multipurpose herb they call it,” Shana King, the co-owner of the farm, said.
Shana’s inspiration to open her own lavender farm actually came over seven years ago.
“For years I’ve always come up with different ideas of entrepreneurship that I wanted to do, I was working in a dentist office and read about a family that was retiring from a lavender farm, and I thought we could do that,” she explained.
So after getting some family members on board and planting hundreds of lavender plants, Wildwood Lavender Farm was up and running by 2015, becoming the only lavender farm in Wicomico County.
But that first year, things did not go as planned.
“First year we killed most of it, just didn’t know what we were doing,” Shana said.
Her husband, William, says even unexpected challenges came up.
“Even how to run the tractor, or anything like that, we were out here looking really silly sometimes trying to figure things out,” he said.
But eventually the duo got into the swing of things, planting thousands more lavender plants, and finally watching them bud and grow.
“Now we’re up to seven different varieties and trying out everything we can,” William said.
With thousands of plants blooming around May or June, there’s a lot of lavender to work with, and Shana says there’s no shortage of supplies they can make with the plant.
“Oils for diffusers, hydrosols you can use as a toner, spray on your linens, we also make smudge sticks that people can use to cleanse their homes, or soak them and put them on your grill to flavor your steaks and your meats,” she said.
They sell those products as well as pick-your-own lavender bundles in late spring and early summer where you can come walk around the farm and pick your own bunch. But even if you’re just getting into the herb, Shana says they have something for everyone.
“We also make products such as soaps, lip balms, chap sticks, we have a muscle rub,” she said.
They’re all products that she says are relaxing, a feeling that she wants to share with the community.
“Just to get something that’s peaceful and calm, I think the world really needs that right now,” Shana said.
Shana tells us the plants just went through trimming so they should be ready to go by the end of this month. The couple has also recently planted a number of sunflowers, so those should be up and blooming soon, as well.
You can find a list of times and dates they’ll be open by visiting their Facebook page, just search for wildwood lavender farm.