Wexford Lavender Farm is a small family run attraction located in North Wexford. Established by the current owner Moira Hart and opened in April 2014 as a visitor attraction centred around Lavender fields, nature and outdoor family fun. Cary and Moiras’ daughters Clara and Martha were just 9 and 6 when the business opened but are now helping in the Café during the busy summertime.
We are currently Ireland’s first and only commercial lavender farm. We have 4 acres of lavender set out in two separate fields, with four different varieties grown where visitors can walk amongst the lavender and enjoy the scent and sight of thousands of plants. Lavender flowers from mid June to the end of August. We also have a playground, woodland walks, giant snakes and ladders board, woodland warriors walk and Billy the Bull quad train ride – enjoyed by kids big and small! In 2021 with Leader funding assistance from Wexford Local Development we opened our new Wooden Maze.
There is a lot of hard work involved growing Lavender on a large scale, primarily a Mediterranean sun-loving shrub we grow English Lavender varieties which are hardy for the Irish climate. We farm organically and everything is done by hand, ground cover is essential for weed control but there is still much weeding throughout the year and cutting the lavender back during the Autumn.
Our Café and Giftshop are located in beautiful old stone and brick stables, built approx 200 years ago these buildings were derelict, hard work and cash saw them renovated to where they are today. We also have a sunny protected courtyard with outdoor seating and Lavender plant sales during the summer, this was particularly helpful in recent times with outdoor seating becoming such a necessity.
In 2019 we attended ‘Bloom in the Park’ for the first time and were delighted to pick up a Bronze in the Floristy Pavillion. We’d love to return in 2022 or 2023 when the show can hopefully return. Were a member of the Wexford Garden Trail and feature in the Wexford Walking Trails Kilanerin looped walk.
Hospitality businesses were particularly affected by COVID with two shortened Summer seasons. Covid has further changed our seasonal working pattern and we decided to close at the end of Summer (operating weekends during September) and no longer open at Halloween and Christmas time. Our online shop operates throughout the year and hand-made products can be purchased here and shipped within Ireland. (www.wexfordlavenderfarm.com/shop).
Moira loves hosting creative seasonal wreath making classes during the quieter months of May, September and November.
Coolnagloose, Inch, Gorey, Wexford Y25 NW42