Monthly Archives: July 2014

Local lavender farm takes root

Meet Thane and Peggy Bryenton and there’s a chance they might be wearing clothes that are violet or purple or perhaps even a shade of lavender.

“Purple is our uniform,” said Peggy Bryenton during a recent visit to her home and farm in southeast Thurston County.

Why all the purple? Take a peek at the farm.

The Bryentons run Evergreen Valley Lavender Farm, a 3.8-acre spread that not only doubles as their home, but also is home to 600 mostly English lavender plants, which they harvest throughout the lavender season.

But the farm also is open to visitors to see and purchase a variety of lavender products, or to just sit and admire the lavender blowing in the breeze for a little “me” time, as a brochure about the farm suggests.

They bought the former horse pasture property in 2006, built a barn-like agricultural building the following year and then got serious about lavender during a trip to Sequim, which is known for its lavender, with their daughter in 2008.

It was there that they became captivated by lavender’s scent and color, but also by its potential.

During their visit, Thane Bryenton was busy scratching away at some mosquito bites when one of the local lavender farmers suggested he dab them with a little essential lavender oil.

Soon, the desire to itch was gone, as were the welts, he said.

Hooked, the Bryentons began to study the plant, consulted other growers and then made the plunge, purchasing lavender from a location in Oregon because this particular variety was better suited to wetter weather in Olympia.

A farm was born.

Among the lavender products the farm sells are buds sold by the pound for potpourri, culinary buds for cooking, lavender sachets, lavender neck wraps, as well as soaps and lotions.

But Evergreen Valley also produces, through a steam-distillation process, an essential lavender oil, which, as Thane Bryenton discovered, can be used to treat an insect bite or minor burn or used in aromatherapy.

A secondary distillation product called hydrosol — a lavender-infused linen water — also is bottled and can be used for cleaning, or as an air freshener, or even as a sleep aid by spritzing a little lavender on your pillow at night.

Red Wind Casino, too, uses their lavender and incorporated it into a lemon lavender cheesecake which premiered at the 2014 Capital Food and Wine Festival, according to a Red Wind publication, The Breeze.

Up next for the Bryentons is to become a stop on the Thurston Bountiful Byway, a recently created route of stops through rural Thurston County to promote agritourism.


Roses in the colors of the national flag are hugely popular right now

Roses with your National colors

Thanks to the World Cup in Brazil, roses sprayed in the colors of the national flag are hugely popular right now. “They’re shipped all over the world at the moment,”  says Marc Sassen from VIPRoses.

“We offer the Brazilian flag in green and yellow with a nice blue heart. The red, yellow and black for Belgium and Germany are doing very well and our own red-white-blue and orange truly pops. For florists this is a commercially interesting way to zero in on current events and still be able to offer something really special.

These are Avalanche+ roses, after all. Large flower head that always opens. Long stems with surprisingly few thorns. And an utterly glamorous personality.”

Roses in Brasilian flag colors

Country Flag Roses by VIP Roses

Dutch flag roses
Dutch flag roses

It’s a cheerful innovation: high quality roses with bling, airbrushed in national colors

Of course our own red-white-blue roses truly pop.

How to make Flag coloured roses

It’s a cheerful innovation: high quality roses with bling, airbrushed in national colors, or with a topping of satin, velvet or chocolate, by the rose artists Marc Sassen from Viproses.

It had taken years to perfectionate the painting technicque and develop new variations. Especially to do it well were it looks perfect but also maintains good vaselife.

VIProses is known for its fantastic flowers and extensive experience in growing Avalanche+ roses as spray roses and grow special exclusive roses like Ave Maria and Houdine.


Country flag roses in different colours

Roses with Toppings

VIPRoses uses Dutch top roses of unprecedented quality, it’s excellent material for a new innovation of the rose artists: a special way of airbrushing that brings an extra festive touch to the roses.

It is not just simply painting roses blue “It’s great to be able to offer something original,”  says Marc Sasses of VIProses. “Roses with blue or pink sprinkles to celebrate a birth, glow-in-the-dark roses for a party or roses in the exact color scheme of a wedding – we can make it happen.”

“It is like walking into a icecream store and beeing able to choose all your favourite toppings but than on top of a rose”.



Is there nothing too mad for the Rose Artists?

“Not really,” says Sassen. “We can create roses with a satin finish, and also black and gold roses. A velvet topping is possible, just like a wax coating, pearls, glitter and even chocolate. The airbrush treatment has no negative effect whatsoever on the vase life of the roses. Under normal circumstances, they remain beautiful for up to fourteen days, just like all roses of this quality. The technique is great to create flowers for special occasions and offers the unique opportunity to really match your florals with the rest of the styling. And it’s a fantastic product with a happy vibe – try to look at these roses and not smile.”

VIP roses is all ready for delivering flag colored roses… with a small preference for the dutch once
VIP roses is all ready for delivering flag colored roses… with a small preference for the dutch once
Our beautiful roses are available through all Dutch flower exporters.
We do not export themselves, ask your supplier for Viproses. Wholesalers that are supplied by Dutch exporters sell our roses.

> Florists, ask your dealer for Vip roses.

> Wholesalers, ask your transport agents for Vip roses.

> Exporters can order our roses at Hoven en de Mooij.