Fragrant Isle lavender farm flourishes on Washington Island

Fragrant Isle Martine And Edgar Anderson

Some of Martine Anderson’s fondest memories of her 20s -- when she lived in the south of France - are the deep blue Provence sky and the pungent smells of lavender and thyme on warm summer afternoons. 

“I will never forget the colors, the scents and the songs of the cicadas,” said Anderson, who moved to the United States at age 27 and had a long career working for prestigious companies such as Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus. 

“For me, Provence was a little piece of paradise,” she mused. 

Anderson, who was born in Paris and grew up in Africa, dreamed of having her own...

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