Wynndel Lavender’s Brenda Lukasiewich inspecting her lavender crop.

Wynndel Lavender owner speaking in Creston library series

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The next installment of the Creston Valley Public Library’s Great Outdoors speaker series is “Growing Lavender in the Kootenays” with Brenda Lukasiewich, at 7 p.m. June 9 at the Creston Valley Public Library.

The Great Outdoors speaker series looks at ways to get out into nature in this gorgeous Creston Valley. Gardening is a very healthy hobby on so many levels, and is easily accessible to most people. It’s not just the value of all those tasty veggies, either. There are the benefits to physical selves through the exercise it provides. It relieves stress, and even better mental health is promoted by interacting with nature and the soil itself. This month, the audience will learn about another type of gardening.

Brenda Lukasiewich has taken her love for this hobby of gardening, combined it with the possibilities of her microclimate and mixed it well to maximize the possibilities of the amazing herb, lavender. The result: Wynndel Lavender. Lukasiewich planted her first lavender 10 years ago after discovering their acreage had ideal growing conditions. Currently at over 700 plants, she’d like to share her experience with growing this wonderful herb.

This presentation will cover the requirements of successful lavender cultivation. Tips on growing, propagating, plant selection and harvesting will be covered. Also discussed will be the uses of lavender in aromatherapy, cooking and crafting. There are so many possible ways to use lavender and all of them smell wonderful!

The Library’s Great Outdoors series will run once per month for the next several months. Watch for upcoming topics, “Basic Bushcraft” and “Birdwatching Basics”. For more information, contact the library at 250-428-4141.

—CRESTON VALLEY PUBLIC LIBRARY

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