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The Lavender Lover's Handbook: The 100 Most Beautiful and Fragrant Varieties for Growing, Crafting, and Cooking

By Sarah Berringer Bader

Photographs by Janet Loughrey

The best recent all-around lavender book with something for gardeners, crafters, and cooks alike.

Library Journal

With its intoxicating scent, gorgeous wands of purple flowers, and silvery foliage, lavender is one of the most sought-after plants. But the horticultural reasons for choosing lavender go far beyond its beauty. Lavender attracts beneficial insects, requires little water once established, and is deer resistant.

In The Lavender Lover's Handbook, lavender grower Sarah Bader teaches gardeners how they can successfully grow this beloved plant. Featuring the 100 easiest, most stunning lavenders available today, this beginner's guide provides a complete checklist of the color, fragrance, size, and foliage of each plant, in addition to basic pruning, spacing, and planting requirements. The text is rounded out with tips on how to harvest, cook, and craft with this wonderful herb.

Its abundant variety, hardiness, fragrance, and culinary uses make lavender one of the most popular and versatile plants. And now, with this practical and accessible guide in hand, it's easier than ever to grow at home.

Media reviews

"The best recent all-around lavender book with something for gardeners, crafters, and cooks alike."

Library Journal

"Bader offers an extensive collection of recipes and instructions for everything from lavender desserts and drinks to wreaths and wands."


"A field guide, growing guide, and craft guide all in one, The Lavender Lover's Handbook has something for anyone who loves this plant."

—Kristin Chadwick, Books Yarn Ink Blog

"This book is the heady distillation of [Sarah Bader's] knowledge."

Country Gardens

"Covers a wide range of aspects of growing and using the popular herb."

Akron Beacon Journal

"Filled with glorious pictures, tasteful recipes, fabulous crafts, and a wonderful education on growing lavender."

Karen's Korner Blog

About the author

Sarah Berringer Bader

Sarah Bader is the owner and operator of Lavender at Stonegate, one of the country's most successful lavender farms, offering mail order plant and lavender products. Sarah and her farm have been featured in regional publications, on television and radio, and in Grower Talks and Country Gardens magazines.

Read more about Sarah Berringer Bader

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