How to Grow Lavender in the Midwest
A multifunctional flower
Jody Byrne, manager of DayBreak Lavender Farm in Streetsboro, Ohio, grows 2 acres of lavender. She considers it "the Swiss Army knife of herbs." She uses the flowers and essential oils in soaps, lotions, creams, candles and sachets--even in cookies and cakes.
The fragrance, she says, has a mysterious appeal. "So many people have a lavender memory: a grandmother, a handkerchief, a drawer, a closet," says Jody. "Scent triggers so many things."