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By Toni DeRosa
Wasco Tribune 

Lavender Garden shop offers array of soothing items

 

December 17, 2020 | View PDF

Toni DeRosa | Wasco Tribune

From left, Lavender Garden employees Marcus and Celeste Valdivia and Marco Hinojosa.

Sundays are usually a lazy day for those who work five days a week; however Dec.13 several Wasco friends drove out to the Lavender Garden to browse the little gift shop and take a walk in the field.

Celeste Valdivia works in the gift shop nestled in the lavender fields.

"Lavender blooms from March to May," Valdivia said. "However, we are lucky because our lavender blooms twice a year, which is unusual and the shop is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The shop sits on property owned by Blackwell Farms.

Valdivia was a student and worked as a mental health counselor for kids prior to working part time and then full time this year for Blackwell.

"I've been here for three years," Valdivia said.

She works alongside her brother, Marcus Valdivia, and part-time employee, Marco Hinojosa.

Valdivia is a Wasco High School graduate and still calls Wasco home.

Toni DeRosa | Wasco Tribune

Dried lavender is in the center of the display next to soaps and various collectibles.

The little shop is currently filled with Christmas items such as old-fashioned ornaments, lavender wreaths, lavender creams, lotions and oils as well as bars of lavender soap. The store sells tea in various flavors such as CBD Ginger and Turmeric plus different varieties of herbal teas. There are marinades, spices and rubs for those special meals and a lot of jars of lavender honey.

There are five varieties of lavender spanning across four acres on Kern County's only lavender garden.

The gift shop also offers lavender lemonade or La Rosa Fruit Bars. There is a patio to sit on and a 1,000-square-foot dog park.

The Lavender Garden and Gift Shop is located in the Northwest corner of Kern County, half-way between Bakersfield and the Central Coast.

"We're just 30 minutes from Paso Robles off Highway 46," Valdivia said.

 

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