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Contoured rows of Lavender at the Bridestowe Estate, Northern Tasmania, Australia. Contouring assists with moisture distribution, soil retention and drainage. The farm has an estimated 650,000 plants and total row length of 200km.

C. K. Denny, a highly skilled London perfumer, and his family arrived in Tasmania in 1921. In 1922 lavender seeds from the French Alps were planted at North Lilydale, not far from the present site. Such was the specialised and demanding nature of the project that it took 43 years before the Estate’s management was satisfied that problems of economic efficiency and rigorous quality control had been solved.

Nowadays, Bridestowe Estate is internationally renowned for its technical and botanical research. Years of selection and continuous improvement have been rewarded with the finest strains of the true French Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia). Pure lavender oil from the Estate’s distillery is now exported worldwide and is highly prized by leading perfume houses and aromatherapists alike.

Mr and Mrs C K Denny arrived from England with their two young sons, great plans and a bag of lavender seeds to settle at North Lilydale, some 17 kms from the present site, in 1921. The Lavender plantation they established was named Bridestowe, after Mrs Denny’s birthplace in Devon, England. The seeds were of the true French perfumery lavender, Lavandula angustifolia, which occurs naturally at high altitudes in a small area of the Southern French Alps.

World production of the true lavender oil is relatively small and is in high demand by leading perfumery, skincare and aromatherapy product manufacturers. This area of Tasmania was selected by the Denny family because of the similarities of climate, red soil and altitude to the most productive true lavender producing areas of Southern France. There were no local lavenders to cross-pollinate and corrupt the true lavender.

In 1924, a small quarter acre planting provided enough flowers for a test distillation of the oil. A sample was sent to London where it was pronounced “completely camphor free” and at least equal to good quality French oil. The Dennys then began a lifetime of plant selection from their original seed stock to isolate and cultivate those plants, which optimised both quality and yield. They enlarged their plantings and in 1947 moved their main operations to the present Nabowla site under the management of C K Denny’s two sons Tim and Jock. The Lilydale farm closed in the 1970’s. Bridestowe has been growing Lavender for nearly 90 years with 60 years at Nabowla.

Mr Tim Denny continued to manage the Estate until 1989 when he retired to continue with consultancy in essential oil distillation. After many years, and several corporate owners, Bridestowe Estate was purchased by Robert and Jennifer Ravens in February 2007. The Ravens family remains committed to maintaining the enduring legacy and quality of product from the Estate.

(Source: bridestowelavender.com.au )

Taken with Pentax k-r on 29 December 2011 at Nabowla, Tasmania.
Lens Pentax-DA 18-55mm F3.5-5.6
ISO 400
0 EV
1/200 sec.
Hand held

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  • Qnita
    Qnitaabout 3 years ago

    Oh, I love this!
    Instant “Fave…”

  • Thank you. I am so glad you like this shot. It was my favourite from the day’s shoot.

    – TonyCrehan

  • Catherine Hamilton-Veal  ©
    Catherine Hami...about 3 years ago

    My favorite scent!! what a wonderful sight, and the smell must be fabulous.A beautiful capture dear Tony.x

  • Thanks fro your comment Catherine. It was not possible to get close enough to capture the full scent because there were hundreds of busy bees at work in the lavender.

    – TonyCrehan

  • czanti
    czantiabout 3 years ago


  • Glad you like it Cindy. Thanks for your comment.

    – TonyCrehan

  • Sue Knowles
    Sue Knowlesabout 3 years ago

    Stunning colours and leading lines. Even the hills in the far distance look to be nodding to the lavender colour. Wonderful shot.

  • Thanks for your fave and great comment Sue. That is Mount Arthur in the background (1188m).

    – TonyCrehan

  • Janone
    Janoneabout 3 years ago

    GORGEOUS landscape photo, Tony.
    My compliments and Big FAV,
    Cheers, Jan

  • Thanks Jan for your generous comment and fave. Took a few shots there and just had to pst one before the end of 2011.

    – TonyCrehan

  • gail woodbury
    gail woodburyabout 3 years ago

    What a beautiful sight Tony – love it !
    Happy New Year xx

  • Thanks for your fave and comment Gail. Happy New Year to you too.

    – TonyCrehan

  • waxyfrog
    waxyfrogabout 3 years ago

    Beautiful capture. We were there too late for the colour,

  • Thanks for your comment. Sorry you missed the colour. It will be gone again in a few weeks as harvest time is here.

    – TonyCrehan

  • George Petrovsky
    George Petrovskyabout 3 years ago

    An excellent picture Tony, backed up by detailed information which makes it even more relevant.
    Very well done indeed! A favourite! My best wishes to you for a very Happy New Year! :)george

  • Thanks for your fave and most generous comment George. I heard they would be harvesting in the next two weeks so had to schedule a visit while they were in bloom. Best wishes for 2012.

    – TonyCrehan

  • supergold
    supergoldabout 3 years ago

    so beautiful these lavender lines

  • Thanks for the fave and so glad you like the lines.

    – TonyCrehan

  • Phil Thomson IPA
    Phil Thomson IPAabout 3 years ago

    A beautiful, vibrant image from a great POV, Tony!!!

  • Thanks Phil. It took a while to find a pov that showed the lines of lavender without too much dirt in between.

    – TonyCrehan

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