Summer 2018: ‘Welcome to The Lavender Patch’ Sneak Peek!

Welcome to The Lavender Patch
Fort Scott family farm features 1,000+ lavender plants

When you enter Davin and Betsy Reichard’s home, you can’t miss it: that familiar, unmistakable scent of lavender.

Photo courtesy of The Lavender Patch Farm

It’s inevitable. The Reichards are surrounded by lavender, from the hundreds of lavender plants that are blooming just outside their front door to the dozens of homemade lavender products they make in their home each week.

That’s just everyday life (“I don’t even smell it anymore,” Betsy says) as the Reichards run The Lavender Patch Farm in Fort Scott. Their small family operation centers on just over 1,000 lavender plants, plus a gift shop filled with Betsy’s lavender creations…

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Summer 2018: ‘Summit Hill Gardens’ Sneak Peek!

Fall in Love at Summit Hill Gardens

There’s just something about Summit Hill. It captivated Patsy Smeed from the very beginning.

Photo courtesy of Hope’s Perspective Photography

She moved there – one acre of land south of Chanute, the site of an old one-room schoolhouse – more than 40 years ago with her late husband Larry, an artist and professor. All these years later, she still hasn’t left.

“I just fell in love with Summit Hill,” she says. “It’s been a lot of great therapy for me.”

Since her arrival, Patsy has slowly expanded her land from one acre to 65 acres. The sprawling property is much more than her home or the location of a historic schoolhouse: It’s also the site of her business, Summit Hill Gardens, which offers a soap shop (all products Patsy makes herself) and wedding venue/event center in partnership with her sister-in-law Gretchen Brant.

No matter what brings people to Summit Hill Gardens, they often leave captivated by the place – just like Patsy.

“We want people to feel that this is a very peaceful part of the world,” Patsy says. “Just a little bit of Eden.”

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Adventures & Day Trips 2018

 

Every other year, we publish this special tourism issue to give Southeast Kansas readers ideas for places to go and things to do right in their own backyard — and this one is our best yet, packed with more than 150 ideas!

Southeast Kansas Living subscribers received the 68-page Adventures & Day Trips issue for free as part of their subscription. Looking for your own copy? Contact us to purchase a copy and have it shipped directly to you.

Southeast Kansas provides endless opportunities for discovery and fun. We hope you’ll use the Adventures & Day Trips issue as a guide to get out and explore this beautiful, historic corner of Kansas!