Shane Manners Wood with some of her crop at Ben Lomond Lavender, which is likely to end up in numerous tourist and wedding photos. Photo by Christina McDonald.
It's been in gelatos in Wellington, and meals and chocolate
in Queenstown, but the next job for the lavender at Ben
Lomond Lavender is likely to be as a backdrop for a growing
number of tourist and wedding photos.
Shane Manners Wood first planted a field of lavender at Ben
Lomond Lavender in 1998 and has noted the wedding market is
''It's a great thing for Queenstown; people almost get
bucketfuls of it [lavender] for weddings,'' Mrs Manners Wood
''There's nothing like fields of lavender - it's very
She said having photographs taken and enjoying the lavender
was particularly popular among Asian tourists.
Lavender is in bloom from December until April.
From mid-January, the lavender at Ben Lomond is cut and
distilled for essential oil on site.
Products such as soap containing Ben Lomond's lavender are
used in the district's hotels.
''Once the field is cut for oil it's basically just trimming
back and pruning in autumn.
''It's an easy plant - you plant it, add lime and prune it.
But if you don't prune it, it will grow out of shape and
collapse,'' Mrs Manners Wood said