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Fields of lavender are growing in Harcum

Lavender is a small aromatic evergreen shrub of the mint family with narrow leaves and bluish-purple flowers. Its history goes back some 2,500 years and it is used in perfumery, cosmetics, medicine, culinary purposes and is believed to be a charm for romance.

In the past few years lavender has become quite the plant for gardens besides being commercially grown. In the Harcum area of Gloucester, lavender is found growing in abundance at Under the Stars Farm and its owner makes sure it’s available for others to enjoy in one or more of its noted values.


It all began, according to owner C J McDonald, following her husband Billy’s retirement from the Green Berets, U.S Army Special Forces. As a military family that had traveled the country over, with the last duty station in San Diego, California, “we were looking for peace and that landed us in Gloucester. I wanted land so my children always had a place to go and this property spoke to me.” (It’s...

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