and the wild aromatic plants of the High Provence. We will stroll over rolling terrain and see True Lavender, Spike, Lavandin, Thyme, Helichrysum and Savory as they grow in the wild side by side.
Farms founded in the pioneer times of the early nineteen-hundreds were built in the best locations for Fine Lavender. We will visit a historic farm that to this day makes one of the most prized AOP Lavender oils and listen to the stories of the farmers reminiscing about what they know from their grandparents about the Lavender trade in the early 1900s
Wheat Field near Simiane la Rotonde
The difference between Population or Fine Lavender, Clones such as Maillette and Hybrids such as Lavandin Grosso or Lavandin Super will become obvious as we observe them in their specific habitats, all of them being cultivated in different fields.
We will visit the most important Coop that produces Fine Lavender and will be able to sniff, sample and buy and, at the same time observe some big stills in operation.
Salagon maintains a most instructive garden of many different aromatic plants. Much of the work of famed ethnobotanist Pierre Leuthagi can be traced in the exhibit rooms and in the gardens.
It will be a highlight to visit a small distillery where some of the most prized treasures of refined Provencal chemotypes are gathered in the wild and processed in a relatively small still. Participants will be able to purchase precious, rare oils.
As we criss cross parts of the Departements Vaucluse and Haute Provence our bus will travel the backroads of Provence traversing spectacular scenery. We will be immersed in the local culture as we stop for simple lunches arranged in historic farms or establishments.