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Spring has arrived:

Replanting underway of the original english lavender bushes

  • Lavender Flowering Season

    The most important aspect of these plants is that they thrive on neglect and don’t like wet feet. It is therefore wise to produce gardens that work within our climatic conditions and not only does lavender approve the drier conditions it is beneficial as a companion plant in the garden. At this time of the year, the lavender flowers attract bees which in turn can fertilize tomato or melon flowers. Nature working at its best!

    Delightful standard, hedged and bordered Lavender dentata’s in full flower swaying in this wind.

    Hot purples of the stoechas family are a sight to see as well as over hundred roses in flower including favourite Standard David Austin Roses, Heritage, Mary Rose and the Pilgrim. In the southern garden the lilacs have been outstanding with bushes of white, lilac, deep purple and the most unusual white edged deep purple petal flowers with a perfume so sweet.


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Teatrick Lavender Estate Testimonials

Testimonials and Articles about Teatrick Lavender Estate.

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    Dear Liz

    Just a little note to compliment you on a wonderful product after exhausting my avenues to treat my skin problem due to everyday chemicals and sprays etc, I have tried almost every cremè and skin treatments I could. Eventually resolving to go to my local Doctor. He prescribed cortisone cremè, which in my eye was a No! No! It tended to aggravate my skin even more and also dry it out. I ceased the cremè and thought I am destined to live with the problem.

    One year ago I went to my first Fair at Wayville, and while browsing around at the lovely stalls, I came upon your stand. I had a read of the pamphlet and looked over the cremès. I decided to purchase one jar of Lavender Cremè and one jar of Rose Hip Cremè, hoping maybe this will help. I was amazed! Within a week or so, I began to notice a change and slowly my skin improved. I used Lavender Cremè at night and the Rosehip Cremè during the day. If I notice a slight blemish, I use the Lavender Cremè through the day also. It is a wonderful Healing Product and soothing cremè.


    Meredith Wray


    27/05/2007 - Lifestyle1

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    United by diversity

    Reading Liz Ballinger’s resume can leave you feeling a little breathless. In addition to operating successful lavender farm at Wolseley, this energetic mother and grandmother is also a founding member of the Women in Business and Regional Development group, and a network leader for its Tatiara chapter. The latter role fulfils a passion to motivate women to follow their business dreams. It’s also enabled Liz to seize some fairly life-changing opportunities such as the trip she took to Spain four years ago for the 3rd World Congress for Rural Woman. “The aim of the congress was to discuss universal and wide-ranging issues confronting rural women today, and to share concrete experiences of successes in addressing these worldwide,” she explains.

    Among those congress speakers to strike a chord with Liz was the Nigerian Minister of Women Affairs, “She told us how they were worse off than a decade ago under the globalization banner, and how frustrated women were at not able to trade freely on the global arena to provide future vision for their people.” She says.

    The talk further sparked Liz’s curiosity about Africa as a whole, and this was cemented the following year, after a chance meeting with a group of women from Ingwavuma in Zululand at a networking breakfast in Adelaide. The women had received South Australian Government assistance to establish micro businesses.

    “They spoke of the devastation to their community with Aids and poverty…..The women could not have a bank loan as their houses did not consist of substantial materials and therefore were considered a liability not an asset,” she explains.

    “It was emotionally tormenting to listen to these women that don’t share the same privileges as I do in Australia.”

    Liz became keen to visit their homeland – a possibility that she hoped would become a reality when she visited South Africa late last month for the 4th World Congress of Rural Women, in Durban.

    “I am really keen to piggy back on the Congress with a visit to the women of Ingwavuma,” she explains, “I’d love to be able to report where they are now at their social responsibility and perhaps what could have been different in establishing this network of women in partnership with a country not stricken by Aids, “The more we learn about other communities the better our own communities will be.”

    Gretel Sneath

    24/05/2007 - Stock Journal

    By Catherine Miller

    SE Lavender farm expands product range

    As a young girl growing up in Bordertown, Liz Ballinger remembers weeding her neighbour’s garden in return for cordial and sponge cake, and two shillings.

    So it is not surprising the passionate gardener found her calling to be lavender growing, and value-adding the much loved herb from her and husband Bruce’s Wolseley property.

    In 1991 Liz transformed a bare paddock adjoining the house into a fragrant floral oasis of purple and blue hues.

    And so was born South Australia’s first lavender farm, Teatrick Lavender Estate.

    She chose lavender (representing love and affection) because of the ability to use all parts of the plant for fragrant, medicinal and culinary purposes.

    Teatrick now encompasses 0.8 hectares of Spanish, Italian, English and Australian varieties. Rather than chase newly bred types she has turned to hardy, drought and frost tolerant lavender.

    Visitors are welcome between 10am and 4 pm on Wednesday to Sunday during the main flowering season between October and March or by appointment at other times.

    Fresh bunched flowers and dried lavender were the first products Liz marketed and it was not long before she was selling bunches to Adelaide florist, and even bunches of bearded wheat at $5 for 10 to 20 stalks, which had farmers amazed.

    “I remember going into a clothing shop on Unley Road with a boot load of lavender bunches for an Adelaide florist – the woman behind the counter really wanted them for her French kitchen and paid for the 100 bunches straight away,” she said.

    Growing up the eldest of 12 children, Liz had always been resourceful, and now the farmgate shop is bursting with oils, soaps, embroidered potpourri bags and even a popular lavender crème which soothes the skin.

    The newest products are culinary herbal treats such as lavender tea, lavender fruit cake, lavender chocolates and honey infused with lavender – all shown to aid digestion.

    Lavender is also a natural antiseptic, is calming to the body, has a relaxing effect on the nervous system, and induces peaceful slumber.

    And Liz’s standard lavender plant pots are often used at weddings.

    Teatrick Lavender Estate trade sites at many South Australian field days are well patronized and she is a member of both Limestone Coast Tourism and the hugely successful Limestone Coast farmers markets.

    Her products are also available at the Bordertown, Penola and Mount Gambier visitor information centres and Keith’s Purple Paddock craft and giftware shop, while busy shoppers can browse the website and buy online.

    Three years ago Liz bought a still to produce lavender oil, and has formed an alliance with a chemists’ line to use the oil in lavender body lotion, bubble bath, hair conditioner and hand wash.

    Liz says she is proud of her local alliances, with the lipbalm incorporating beeswax and primrose oil, and wooden display boxes are made by Mount Gambier Heritage industries.

    Her pride in the local community was also shown in the Talents of the Tatiara, which she instigated in 1993 to encourage people to develop their natural abilities such as woodwork, pottery, artwork, lead lighting, embroidery, quilting and delicious baking.

    Liz’s business sense has not gone unnoticed. She has numerous awards for presentation and attention to detail, including the 1999 SA Enterprising Woman of the Year and in 2002 she won an Australian Horticulture Scholarship to England and Europe.

    She is also a founding member of Women in Business and Regional Development.


    Rural South Africa and rural Australia may be a world apart in terms of living standards and economic climate, but Wolseley’s Liz Ballinger has found that just like herself, the women are using their natural abilities to generate a microbusiness.

    Instead of taking time-out to see the tourist hot spots after the recent fourth Rural Women’s Congress in Durban, SA, Liz spent a “moving” week with the women of Ingwavuma in Zululand – one of which she met previously at an Adelaide conference.

    Liz says that with the men going off to work for week’s on-end at mines, women are the mainstay of the community.

    23/05/2007 - Border Chronicle


    The World Congress of Rural Women in South Africa proved far more than a talkfest for Liz Ballinger, who now plans to boost an impoverished regional economy.

    The Wolseley lavender grower, who attended the Durban forum, developed a close link with Ingwavuma – best known for the devastating impact AIDS has had on the town’s young population.

    Impressed with cards that the Ingwavuma women were producing with animals embroidered on black fabric with a purple felt background, she arranged a congress trade site.

    “I got the girls to come to the congress and sell them.” She said. “They traveled for five hours to get there and hadn’t previously heard of it.

    Their work was of such a high standard, they sold lots.”

    Liz is now importing boxes of cards to sell locally. The women’s crafts will also be on sale at this year’s SA Rural Women’s Gathering at Clare.

    “They get enough from one card to feed a family.”

    Liz started connecting with the congress theme United in our diversity: Working together towards the emancipation of rural women from poverty and hunger, well before the forum opened on April 23.

    The congress set the scene, highlighting the issues the country faces, before she undertook a field trip to Ingwavuma where she stayed with a doctor and his family.

    While the congress was “gob smacking” the field trip was “gut wrenching”.

    Her initial link with the Ingwavuma community can be traced back to an area consultative committee breakfast meeting in Adelaide where she met the woman behind the craft and IT projects.

    Five years ago the doctor’s wife, Beni Williams, established two groups that are involved in embroidery, B & B’s, and craft and business centres.

    Liz said the breakfast theme had been Weaving the Spider’s Web, to highlight Federal Government involvement in Africa.

    She then continued to correspond with Beni, and organized a visit when in Africa for the congress.

    Positioned near the Mozambique and Swaziland borders, 40 per cent of Ingwavuma’s population carries the AIDS virus.

    “It’s rife,” Liz said. “Seventy per cent of the population of 120,000 is unemployed when there are no unemployment benefits.”

    She visited the towns’ 250 bed hospital which has 10 doctors.

    “Triplets had been born and one had died. The mother had also died. The surviving triplets weighed 1.5kg and 1.4kg. Where would they go?”

    She said the average age of death was 40, and grandparents were raising their children’s children.

    “The social issues are huge, but they’re (the people) so happy.”

    The infectious happiness was evident at the congress, where African women gathered in circles chanting and singing.

    “It was a fantastic congress and so user friendly,” she said.

    “Women were chanting. They would break into music and it seemed like a problem shared was a problem halved.

    “There were lots of circles of chanting and singing. It was second nature to them.”

    AIDS was predictably on the agenda, with Africa the epicenter of the pandemic.

    Women comprise an estimated 13.2 million or 59 per cent of adults living with HIV in Africa south of the Sahara.

    Rural women are also vulnerable to other communicable diseases such as tuberculosis and malaria.

    31/03/2006 - Border Chronicle

    Dedication and attention to detail has been the key to Liz Ballinger successful business established in 1991. Her hard work has been rewarded with dozens of prizes including a prestigious State award.

    One of Liz’s passions is to create culinary delights allowing people to discover the properties of Lavender in food as a herbal treat.

    An instigator and past chairman of Women in Business and Regional Development, Liz is inspired and motivated by home based business women.

    The estate is open during the six month flowering season, but groups can be served lavender Devonshire tea at all times by appointment or you can see her at field days and expos.

    31/01/2004 -


    The fragrant air of healing

    At Teatrick Lavender Estate, 17kms south of Bordertown, host Liz Ballinger shares and promotes Lavender as a calming herb. Lavender products can sooth, heal and relax the body, even induce peaceful slumber and Lavender culinary products can relax the digestive system.

    The 1999 SA Enterprising Woman of the Year, a Primary Industries and Resources bursary winner for the SA Delegation to 3rd World Rural Women’s Congress held in Spain, and recipient of an Australian Horticulture Scholarship with a visit to Europe and England in 2002 and a week in Provence with Lavender farmers; offers a high standard product for her customers.

    Orders for bare rooted English Lavender plants are available in June. Unique standard Lavenders are beautiful as a specimen plant or decorated with ribbons and bows as table decorations or features at weddings.

    Visitors welcome to view the many varieties of lavender in a tranquil setting with an abundance of native birds at Teatrick Lavender Estate during the summer season, beginning October through to the end of March, open from Wednesday to Sunday 10am – 4pm. Devonshire Lavender teas are available to groups by appointment (at any time of the year).

    20/11/2000 - The Advertiser

    The fragrant air of success

    Amid the fields of wheat crops near Bordertown, Liz Ballinger has struck a purple patch lavender. And she eats, breathes, talks and wears it from her lavender coloured toenails to the tips of her lavender fingernails.

    The Teatrick Lavender Farm began with a paddock of lavender she planted in 1991 on the farm she shares with her husband 17km south of Bordertown. Now she produces lavender tea, lavender chocolate and lavender fruit cake and biscuits. There is also lavender oil, hand cream, body lotion and lavender sachets and oil burners not to mention the potted lavenders she grows in the nursery and the standard lavender plants she sells to wineries in the South-East. Mrs Ballinger said Teatrick was about “sharing and promoting a product as healthy and medicinal as lavender, it’s so natural, it’s a natural plant to grow in our climate and not fussy.”

    “The knowledge of natural haling is a very, very big thing at the moment,” she said. Lavender was a calming herb that could be used for healing itches, she said. It was also a natural antiseptic and calming for the digestive system.

    Mrs Ballinger said developing her own lavender farm and products into a thriving business had not been difficult after a childhood growing up the eldest girl of 12 children. “I’ve been very resourceful and used my hands to create things,” she said. “Within my own community I’ve been recognized as one of the women prepared to have a go in a farming environment.”

    And Mrs Ballinger has not stopped at lavender. She has also been active helping other creative businesses develop in the region. She was a founder of the Talents of Tatiara day in the early 1990’s where local people show and sell their crafts, and went on to establish the SE Women in Business and Regional Development network.

    Last year, Mrs Ballinger was names Enterprising Woman of the Year – the first regional woman to receive the award.

    “The breadth of talent among women in rural Australia is ready for harvesting,” she said. “I think women are really untapped in the rural area.”