Happy Valley Lavender and Herb Farm


Lavender has become the farm's signature since our first block of 500 Munstead Lavender planted in 1987. Our first harvest was in 1988 and filled two wheelbarrows! We currently specialize in cultivating Sweet Lavender varieties (Lavandula angustifolia) for its scent and taste. Late blooming Lavender includes the True Spike Lavender (L. latifolia) and the new hybrid Lavadins (L. x intermedias). Each July we watch the emerging hues of blue, mauve and purple as Lavender Harvest time approaches once more. And the fragrance ~ Lavender Lovers come explore our site!


Happy Valley Croquet Club

Happy Valley Croquet Club

Welcome to Happy Valley Croquet Club. We have been actively playing croquet since the children were small, when we played nine wicket garden croquet - that's a few years ago, since the kids don't seem to be living at home anymore. The latest incarnation is six wicket Association Rules croquet and Golf croquet with co-founder Peter Rassenti and anyone else that we can persuade to play. There have been rare sightings of our other co-founder, Phillipe Lucas, who is to blame for the monster that he created.

The Nerdy Facts

croquet lawn and mower

The lawn is an odd one - 120ft long and 45ft wide - any wider and I would have to remove the orchard, and, according to my dearly beloved, that is non-negotiable. There is a 6 inch slope along the length east to west, and lots of gently random lumpy spots throughout. I cut the grass at 1/4 inch with a Toro Greensmaster,which makes the lawn really fast and the hoops are set at close to competition width, 3 11/16 inch. The grass is mainly Champion Rye, irrigated one inch a week during May to September and fertilized occasionally with milorganite.

Playing time

Sunday afternoons or by appointment. Donations towards upkeep gratefully accepted!

Check with Michael - Michael@happyvalleylavender.com or call 250-474-5767.

The Victoria croquet scene

There is an active inter-club life at the Canadian Pacific Lawn Bowling Club in downtown Victoria. This is the place for many guerilla croquet clubs to meet under the aegis of the Victoria Croquet Club. We hold singles and doubles tournaments and have played friendly tournaments with the Vancouver Croquet Club. Check their website for scheduled play.

Useful links

(Occasionally I post fresh pictures, when it is too dark to play)

Happy Valley Croquet Club Photo Gallery     Click pics to enlarge

Welcome
Welcome
The Lawn
The Lawn
Mallet & Balls
Mallet & Balls
Concentration
Concentration
Watching & Waiting
Watching & Waiting
Serious Player
Serious Player
Lavender Croquet Art
Lavender Croquet Art
Line It Up
Line It Up
Nice Day to Play
Nice Day to Play
Sweet Mower
Sweet Mower
Mallets Ready
Mallets Ready
Building the Lawn
Building the Lawn
This is It
This is It
Water to Green
Water to Green
Nature's Croquet
Nature's Croquet

 

Happy Valley Lavender
& Herb Farm

Victoria, Vancouver Island
BC, Canada
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