Posts Tagged ‘Dr Tim Upson’

US Lavender Growers Assoc.

November 27th, 2012 by victor

During the Ontario Lavender Conference I had an opportunity to meet up with some old friends and meet lots of people in the business of Lavender. It was a great event!

Among the people I spent some time with was Mary Bergstrom of the US Lavender Growers Association. This is a relatively new group founded in 2011 to promote lavender from the field to the finished product. Their goal is to support and promote the United States lavender industry through research, education, networking and marketing. It’s a huge undertaking to get an organization like this started but they have done a great job. Nearly 100 members since they opened the membership drive.

I have taken the liberty of borrowing a bit from their website to give you a quick idea of their goals and the benefits of being a member.

  • participating in and providing research about many areas;
  • education from basics to advanced topics;
  • networking and connecting with growers, crafters, vendors, users, and more;
  • marketing information and opportunities for you and the industry as a whole.

Be sure to check out their ‘Lavender 101’ for tips and information on all things lavender with plenty more information to come as the group continues to grow. For information on how to become a member visit them at With our support we can keep lavender a thriving industry in the United States.

Tim Upson, Victor, Mary Bergstrom

Ontario Lavender Conference

October 15th, 2012 by victor


Dr. Tim Upson

The Business of Lavender




Kathy Gehrt

The Ontario Lavender Association is presenting ‘The Business of Lavender’ a conference to be held November 14 & 15 in Woodstock, Ontario.

This event will explore practical approaches to help you successfully run and market your agri-tourism business. Learn from the perspective of successful worldwide lavender operations. Key note speakers will be Dr. Tim Upson, Curator and Acting Director Cambridge University Botanic Gardens, United Kingdom and Kathy Gehrt, Author & Culinary Expert, Discover Cooking with Lavender.

Among other featured speakers, guess who? That’s right, it’s Victor. He will be speaking on the topic ‘Understanding the Economics of Propagation’.

Victor Gonzalez

Whether you are thinking of starting a business or already have a business and would like to learn more about managing, marketing and growing your business, this is your chance to learn from those who know. Make your plans now to attend. For more information go to

Hope to see you there.


Dr Tim Upson visits Victor’s Farm

September 6th, 2012 by victor

Victor Gonzalez & Dr. Tim Upson

We were pleased to welcome Dr. Tim Upson to our farm during his stay in Sequim. Dr. Upson is the Garden Curator and Deputy Director of the Cambridge University Botanic Gardens and co-authored the book The Genus Lavandula with Susyn Andrews. This book has become the ‘Go To’ reference source for anyone interested in lavender. Tim was the Keynote Speaker at the this year’s Sequim International Lavender Conference that was held this past April. Our thanks to Tim for joining us and to the hard working members of the Sequim Lavender Farmers Association that made the conference such a great success.

Another great conference to put on your calendar will be the Southwest Lavender Conference in Grand Junction, Colorado coming up the end of this month. For more information on this go to  These conferences are great source for information. There is always something new to be learned from lots of people willing to share their knowledge and experience. Plan to join them. On behalf of Victor’s Lavender, we wish them great success with this years conference.