Free Gardening Lectures

VCE Loudoun Master Gardeners Lectures are held online and in person at the Rust Library in Leesburg. Most lectures will be on the first Thursday of the month starting at 7PM.  Check below for the specifics for each lecture as dates and times may vary.

All About Lavender

Thursday, June 1, 2023
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
In Person Lecture
Blooming Hill Lavender Farm
19929 Telegraph Springs Rd
Purcellville, VA 20132

with Cyndie Rinek
Owner/Operator, Blooming Hill Lavender Farm

RSVP is required due to limited space. Register online at

Beyond the benefits of aromatherapy, lavender’s array of health benefits and practical uses stems back centuries. While it can be a persnickety plant to get established, once it has found its happy place, lavender will only require a lot of sun and occasional watering. In return, lavender can be a hardy soldier in the garden and will provide blooms and fragrance, along with oils and hydrosols, for years. Join owners Cyndie and Peter Rinek to learn about the challenges and triumphs of growing lavender here in Northern Virginia.

Cyndie Rinek is the owner and operator of Blooming Hill Lavender Farm & Gift Shop. Cyndie left the corporate world and spent the last 25 plus years learning about, collecting, propagating, planting, growing, and selling many different varieties of lavenders at local fairs, garden shows, and seminars while steadily building a clientele of loyal lavender enthusiasts who enjoy the over 90 varieties they grow on their property. In 2010, Cyndie and her husband, Peter, built a shop on their property and began welcoming visitors to tour their 4-acre garden spot filled with formal and informal gardens, along with ornamentals, herbs, and trees. A member of the US Lavender Growers Association since 2014, Cyndie is also a member of the Potomac Unit of the Herb Society of America, a Master Gardener, a Certified Tea Specialist, and a local garden club member.