Museum of lavender
The family farm is situated at Lagarde D'apt in Vaucluse, small village of thirty souls, which culminates in the Highlands of Albion at 1100 m altitude, between the majestic Luberon and the imposing giant of Provence, Mont Ventoux. 'The castle of wood' was built in 1820. The origin of its name is uncertain, in fact two plausible theories are issued. The first is that it has taken to implement it in a wooded area, the second, says that its name comes from the wood used in its construction.
Wild lavender harvesting then practiced in the baïassières place where grew the lavender called in dialect "baiasses". To increase performance, farmers cleared them clarifying that plants grow best, hoeing them for weed control them.
The lavanderaies organized themselves better that the sale of lavender represented income more and more important, a windfall at the time on these poor lands. Lavender was also called blue gold because it paid well and cash.
Wild lavender were then cut to the sickle by local labour, often women, children, shepherds but later when cutting sites are organized, it was not uncommon to appeal to Spanish and Italian seasonal teams.
Distillation was initially travelling then still installed it near a water point farms are equipped with their own stills.
The techniques evolved, the culture, the distillation and marketing is professionnalisèrent in the 1930s: the lavandiculture was born