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Growing on the High Plains: Lovely Lavender

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Today on Growing on the High Plains, we're going to keep it clean with a walk throught he wafting felds of an aromatic herb most associated with washing. The scent of "lavandula," or lavender, most often evokes fresh folded laundry or a sleepytime tea. However, this ornamental, flowering plant has also been used since ancient times for medicine and cosmetics. Learn more about the history of this peaceful perennial, and consider planting a few shrubs in your garden—preferably where they can be skimmed and celebrated along the walkway).

Years ago Skip Mancini left the rocky coast of Northern California to return to her roots in the heartland. Her San Francisco friends, concerned over her decision to live in a desolate flatland best known for a Hollywood tornado, were afraid she would wither and die on the vine. With pioneer spirit, Skip planted a garden. She began to learn about growing not only flowers and vegetables, but hearts and minds. If you agree that the prairie is a special place, we think you'll enjoy her weekly sojourns into Growing on the High Plains.