I also look up to see what herb or flower farm or even botanical garden we can visit while traveling. If ever you are in Indiana, check out Carolee's Herb Farm. She has lots of display gardens and rows and rows of lavender. I love to craft with lavender by using it dried in arrangements and in crafting soap.
Thanks for the advice about the mulch. We just discovered that we needed to mulch with some type of rock in order to keep our lavenders from rotting in the winter.