Lavenderpedia /ˈlæv·ən·dər·ˈpiː.di.ə/

Lavenderpedia is a knowledge base to collect and share information about lavender, different cultivars and their unique characteristics. Anyone who loves lavender can learn more about this wonderful plant, it’s many uses, and the high quality of lavender produced right here in Ontario.

As a knowledge management resource for lavender growers and producers, Lavenderpedia will also serve as a repository of more advanced lavender research, as conducted by the Ontario Lavender Association. Members can log in to see the latest reports.


SEAN WESTERVELD is the Ontario Lavender Association’s Resource Member for his expertise on lavender. Sean has served as Ginseng and Herbs Specialist with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs since 2008. He received B.Sc. (Agr.), M.Sc., and Ph.D. degrees in Horticulture from the University of Guelph. Prior to working with OMAFRA, Sean worked as a post-doctoral fellow at the Muck Crops Research Station and as interim leader of the Vegetable and Non-traditional Crops Research Program at the Simcoe Research Station of the University of Guelph. His primary role in OMAFRA is to support the Ontario ginseng, lavender and herb industries through technology transfer and to provide input into provincial and federal policies that may affect the industry. Over the past few years he has been the lead on an initiative to find a solution to ginseng replant disease. Sean is also an adjunct professor in the Department of Plant Agriculture at the University of Guelph.


Sean Westerveld, Ph.D.
Ginseng & Herbs Specialist
Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
Simcoe Resource Centre
1283 Blueline Road & Hwy. #3, Box 587
Simcoe, Ontario, Canada
N3Y 4N5
Phone: (519) 426-4323
Fax: (519) 428-1142