Millbrook Lavender Farm, is nestled in one of the most picturesque valleys of the Great Smoke Mountains in East Tennessee. The initial planting of 4000 lavender plants, consisting of both “English and French” varieties, was completed in the Spring of 2011. Surrounded by the beautiful mountain tops and bordered by the crystal clear mountain creek, Millbrook Creek. Started by Larry and Pat White, the farm is located in Sevierville, Tennessee.
The farm produced many crops over several generations, mainly tobacco and vegetables; and provided a lively hood on these crops. The old tobacco barns and spring house foundation (used to keep perishables cool with mountain springs) are still a part of the farm. However, we have now introduced a new crop to the land – lavender. The initial planting, in 2011, of 4000 lavender plants, consisted of various varieties such as Melissa, Munstead, Royal Velvet, Grosso, Provence, and Super. When introducing a new crop new to any region, there are trial and error experiences and we encounter several. We lost most our lavender in the harsh winter of 2014-2015. The prior summer the lavender had been weaken with a fungus and we believe the lavender was too weak to sustain zero degree temperatures the following winter. Since then we have been experimenting with small test plots using different planting techniques, soil mixtures and winter coverings. We have experience good success with the test plots and are going to begin replanting next year. But we have decided at this time, to replant on a much smaller scale as before, primarily for our own use.
We thoroughly enjoy working with this unique plant which is one of God’s greatest gifts to mankind. It has many uses to mankind which have been lost over the years due to the introduction of synthetic chemicals and materials. We may readdress our decision to scale back in the future once we feel we have a good understanding of how to sustain the plants long term.