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[Jefferson] was once quoted as saying, “No occupation is so DELIGHTFUL TO ME as the culture of the earth, and no culture comparable to THAT OF THE GARDEN ... But though an old man, I am but a young gardener.”

to restore it to its former glory. By 1988, the Cistercian community had been reestablished, and the monks could once again live and work in peace at the Abbey. Since then, the monks who have taken a vow of silence, have worked the land as their predecessors once did, growing and cultivating the lavender as a way to honor and preserve their heritage. Just as it has ancient ties to growing along the hillsides of Provence, lavender has been known to have significance


in health, beauty and even cooking. Much to the delight of their visitors, the monks at Sénanque make various products from the lavender each year, which they sell in the Abbey’s gift shop. The lavender flowers at the end of June and lasts in full-bloom until harvesting season in late July. At harvest, the monks cut the lavender and then go through the process of distillation to extract its essential oils. They then use the oils to make honey and soap. It may surprise you to learn that Charlottesville has its

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Wine & Country Living Spring 2017  

Wine & Country Living Spring 2017