Lavender – unique know-how handed down through generations
Tell us about the story of your family and its ties with lavender
Our family have been lavender producers for four generations – nearly five in fact. The lavender we produce is called true lavender, contrary to lavandin and other types of lavender that are actually hybrid varieties resulting from human intervention. True lavender is very special: it only grows in the mountains at an altitude of 900 metres and sows its seeds at the start of winter, unlike other types of lavender plant which flourish at low altitudes. Growing true lavender requires very special know-how, mastered only by around fifty growers in France. What surprises visitors to the museum is the evolution of true lavender growing from the 16th century to current day, and especially the fact that it still thrives today despite global warming. Every summer, we host distillation demonstrations using an old copper still that’s been in the family for generations. It’s amazing to see that it still functions after all these years: our expertise is alive and kicking and the joy it brings me never ceases to grow.