Living in and owning a business in Nacogdoches, Ricky and Leslie Heard wanted a weekend getaway retreat. After much looking, Ricky and Leslie purchased approximately 280 acres complete with fantastic views in Santa Anna, Texas. They truly enjoy the central Texas landscape and weather, along with the fact that mosquitoes are infrequent guests!
In the spring of 2014, they planted their first lavender plants. Through trial and error, they finally figured out the best location for growing lavender on their property. In June of 2018, the Heards’ sold their property and casualty business located in Nacogdoches. The thought was to “retool,” not “retire!” A lavender farm and casitas seemed like the perfect fit. It was full steam ahead!
However, their plan was put on hold in October, 2018, when Leslie received a cancer diagnosis. After going through chemo and radiation at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, along with naturopathic treatments, Leslie was pronounced cancer free on May 2, 2019! They have since resumed their plans for a lavender farm and Casitas.
This past April and May of 2019, Ricky and Leslie were able to reap the benefits of hard work of four plus years with several hundred lavender plants in full bloom. Casita #1 is ready for visitors, and Casita #2 will be ready in mid -July of 2019!