-Please note that the farm was sold in 2017 and the former owners and creators moved to the South of France-

Our Story

Hi, I'm Chris, creator of La Bastide des Lavandes and a native of Southern France . Passionate about plants and all things natural, I decided to grow my native land's plants in the Carolinas. With the support of my wife Jackie, we planted in less than six years over 6,000 plants and trees on our property in York County, SC, comprising over 650 species (including over 65 varieties of Lavender) and ultimately creating: 

We created in 2010 a truly unique place where visitors felt like they had traveled to the South of France. The lush and unique gardens were a testament to the ability of many Mediterranean plants to grow and thrive in the Southeastern US, contrary to popular assumptions. The newly created botanical garden was even featured in Horticulture Magazine in 2014 and numerous newspapers around the US.

Our Mediterranean farmstead offered the perfect setting for an authentic Southern French immersion in the heart of the South Carolina countryside.

From 2011 to 2017, we shared our passion and knowledge with well over 1800 people during our educational tours and workshops with a French flair, inspiring many.

Living in harmony with Nature, respecting the land, observing and learning from our natural environment, using sustainable growing practices, teaching authentic and proven methods, utilizing Nature's therapeutic gifts to enhance our natural products, providing an idyllic environment for pollinators, and sharing traditional age old natural concepts and ideas have always been at the center of our philosophy.

- You can Now Discover the Real South of France with Us -

We sold our York, SC lavender farm and botanical garden in 2017 and moved to the South of France where we are creating a unique botanical garden and establishing a lavender farm. We have also started a line of natural products based on aromachology and using naturally grown wild or organic plants. We also own Casa Lavineira, a peaceful vacation home located in the picturesque medieval village of La Livinière. We started a local non-profit to safeguard, enhance and promote the natural, historical and architectural heritage of the village we live in.

Our village, located among vineyards and olive orchards, is famous for its wine and has over 20 wine makers (and 8 olive oil makers).

You can stay at Casa Lavineira and discover a truly magical region still preserved from mass tourism (unlike Provence).

You can also create your own Wellness Retreat, while staying at Casa Lavineira.


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