Baraboo family finds healing in lavender

By Joel Waldinger | September 22, 2022


Lush fields of purple blooms might resemble the French countryside, but this is Sauk County. For Laura and Aron McReynolds the rolling hills covered in lavender mark a new beginning. They sold their business in Kansas and moved to Wisconsin on a whim and a prayer without any idea of what they would do. It was a difficult time in their family and their marriage was falling apart.

In that dark hour Laura found hope of better things to come in the form of a photo. She drew inspiration from it, and in her gut she knew it would be a big leap of faith and a blind trust it would work out. That photo was of a lavender field.

Laura and Aron knew nothing about growing lavender but saw a future for themselves and their children Gracia, Micah and Gabriel in an abandoned family farm. With the help of their kids the 40-acre farm has grown into row after row of lavender. It’s said that lavender’s sweet floral scent has healing properties and this property has done just that for the Laura McReynolds and her family, “I think healing, being able to transition from a spot that was difficult and being able to do something for our family that required a lot of courage, a lot of change, but in the end, it made us better. It actually was something that drew us back together.”

Joel Waldinger

Joel Waldinger

Joel Waldinger is a reporter for the “Wisconsin Life” project and considers a sunset over the “big island” on Manson Lake to be a perfect ending to a day of fishing and fun in the Northwoods. 

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