always seen pictures of the beautiful field of lavender and fresh green colors and wanted to see it for ourselves and of course to take some pictures,” she said.
There have been two Chinese movies and a TV series about lavender said Rosenbaum. A Chinese romance movie called Lavender takes place in France’s Provence region.
Rosenbaum said there was also a Chinese Romeo and Juliet type movie in 2001 where a man dies in a lavender field, which he said is “very romantic — that’s why they’re attracted to the lavender, they take pictures in the field.”
“I think this flower stands for romantic things for Chinese, for Asians. The Chinese love France, Europe, that kind of romance,” Sing Sing, a Chinese who currently lives in New York told Public Radio International.
Rosenbaum is the gatekeeper, involved with planning. “This is a real family business.” he said.
Rosenbaum’s wife Susan, 63, a retired public school teacher, is in charge of fashioning the farm and the shop, which sells dried lavender, sachets, lavender oil, and bath and body products.
His son, Channan, 37, graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, and now does marketing for the farm.
There are two types of lavender, English, which blooms twice a year from the end of June to early July and another in September. French lavender blooms once a year from the beginning of June to the end of July for roughly six weeks.
“Lavender is fragrant, if you cut it 10 weeks later it still lasts, still smells,” said Rosenbaum. “The beauty of lavender is all in the flowers, the dry ones you can keep forever.”
Rosenbaum warns that the harvest season for lavender is over, and that the best time to visit the lavender farm is in late August or September when the lavender is in full boom.
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Lavender by the Bay in East Marion, New York, attracts a large number of Chinese visitors.