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It all started with a bouquet

Karen Lockwood has a calm demeanor. She's kind-hearted and welcomes visitors into her world with open arms.

Being wrapped in the sweet scents of lavender on a daily basis probably makes it difficult to not be as calm as Lockwood is -- and she wants others to have the opportunity to regularly retreat to a tranquil environment like hers.

Since May, Lockwood has been selling Royal Velvet, a variety of lavender, to benefit the Skaneateles Historical Society. Each plant is $5 and can be purchased at the farm, 1682 W. Lake Road in Skaneateles. The store is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

The idea for the benefit came after Lockwood completed extensive research on the family farm -- 120-acres that overlook Skaneateles Lake and make anyone aware of their surrounding forget about the hustle and bustle of daily life.

Lockwood said she approached Joan Thomsen with the historical society a few years ago looking for help.

"I went to the historical society to do research on the farm," Lockwood said.

Through her research at the Skaneateles Historical Society and contacting Onondaga County, Lockwood found out her husband, Gary, was the fifth generation of his family at Lockwood Farm.

"The history behind it is very interesting," Lockwood said, adding that knowing the history of the 120-acre farm is the interesting part.

In order to thank the historical society for its help, she decided a lavender sale would be a great benefit for them and chose Royal Velvet, which, when it blossoms, is a deep purple color. It is just one of more than 16 varieties grown on the farm.

Lockwood and her husband travel the country to do research on lavender and along the way are able to talk to others about what works and what doesn't. More importantly, they've discovered what varieties like the weather here in Central New York.

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