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There's an amazing farm developing at the corner of Telegraph & Hutchinson Rd in Cowichan. Six hundred lavender plants were planted in 2005 and another six thousand in 2006 as well as a 2 ½ acre vineyard, a fig orchard, olive trees and a sizeable vegetable garden.
Damali is the project and dream of three partners DAvid & MArsha Stanley and ALIson Philp, hence the acronym DAMALI. This word was subsequently found to be an Arabic word meaning ‘beautiful vision’ and their vision is quickly becoming a reality.
The five different varieties that were planted have thrived and produced much more lavender than had ever been imagined so a steam distillation system (still) was purchased in the summer of 2006 and the partners have been extracting essential oil throughout the summer & fall. Since then they have been kept busy building a Provènce themed shop while making and packaging a variety of products such as soaps, bath salts, dried flowers, pure essential oils, spritzes, culinary lavender, comfort bags, eye pillows, and much more to tantalize the senses. They invite lavender lovers everywhere to come and see, smell, touch and taste on weekends starting at Easter and then in the summer during the week as well. For more information visit www.damali.ca