Gardens & Lavender

Sign with "Quintessential Gardens at Fort Hill Farms" on a stone wall with hosta plants under it.

Quintessential Gardens

Fort Hill Farms Quintessential Gardens and Lavender cultivate a place of peace. Visit Kristin to learn all about her love for growing! Her pride is especially with lavender – totally organic, edible and delicious!

What is a Quintessential Garden?

Quintessential Gardens offers unusual varieties of home-grown perennials, perennials that don’t take a lot of care, and perennials that hardly need any water. With her expertise in organic farming and sustainability, Kristin can help explain how to keep your new plants growing healthy and free from pesticides and herbicides. Let’s be the generation that makes a difference!

Open by appointment. Call 860.923.3439 for more information on gardens and sales.  She is usually here, just out on the back 40!

Fresh Picked Lavender

Our Lovely Lavender
Our Lovely Lavender

Just as the plants reach the peak of beauty, Kristin hand picks her lavender, fresh from her gardens. She spends a lot of time making bundles and carefully taking off the small buds to use for fragrance or food ingredients.  

Our lavender is grown organically, so the petals are edible and delicious! It has a very strong fragrance, which makes it very good in Lemonade, tea, cookies, cakes, and goat cheese tarts.

The lavender season is in full bloom usually in June.  But every year is a little different. So call us to find out when the lavender is being picked and look for special lavender-themed events through the summer.

Check out our Lavender wreaths, Lavender sachets, Lavender place mats and potholders (filled with Lavender!), Lavender cupcakes, Lavender ice cream–and more.

The Lavender Labyrinths

Kristin Orr in one of her Lavender Gardens
Kristin Orr in one of her Lavender Gardens

The pleasures of a garden full of lavender transcend its scent. Though a single specimen is generally unprepossessing, in numbers lavender becomes a wonder to behold. That’s why standing in lavender plants at Quintessential Gardens at Fort Hill Farms is a memorable visual and olfactory sensation! Our labyrinths are planted in the stone foundations of an old barn and an old house, which makes the fragrance strong.

Graceful Grasses

Garden of graceful grasses

Kristin also have gardens full of tall beautiful grass. Perfect to clipping and using around the house for decorations too!