Victoria Lavender was started by Alan Mayfield who began lavender farming on Saltspring Island in 2001. In 2005 he moved to Sidney on Vancouver Island and opened the lavender shop at 2506 Beacon Avenue. Initially several local farmers grew lavender for the company based on plants and expertise that was brought over from the Saltspring farm. As the company grew there was a need for a larger lavender farm and the farm at 1899 John Road in North Saanich was purchased in the spring of 2008 from the Feteke family.
A full range of some 65 lavender products for personal care, the home and culinary uses are produced on the farm which now has a comprehensive farm store as well as the store in Sidney and on-line sales. Some 30 varieties of potted lavender plants are available for sale to gardeners and landscapers. It is not widely known that lavender is available in many colors including white, pink, blue and even lime green as well as every shade of purple. Lavender is particularly popular throughout the Pacific North-West as it is both deer resistant and drought tolerant.
Sidney and the Saanich Peninsula features some of the best attractions on Vancouver Island: an award-winning aquarium, an interactive historical museum, an aviation museum, a dynamic community arts centre, an outstanding concert theatre, a seaside sculpture walk, a movie theatre, a bowling alley, whale watching, hiking and biking trails and much more! Sidney is also located a short drive from world-renowned Butchart Gardens and the Butterfly Gardens.