While Americans were waving flags of red, white, and blue yesterday, I was also celebrating purple waves of lavender fields. In two weeks time, the city of Sequim, Washington, toted as the “Lavender Capital of North America,” will be having its annual Lavender Festival. I wanted to get a head start on the festival by visiting some of the lavender farms I have never visited before. There are so many of them, and it is almost impossible to visit them all on the day of the festival. The street fair alone takes up a lot of a festival goer’s time. There’s food, music, craft vendors, as well as hundreds of lavender products. It’s a lot of fun! All of the lavender farms will be free to wander during the festival, except for a few of the larger farms that will be hosting a little festival of their own that includes an entrance fee. Visit the festival’s website for more info and a map of all the free farm tours. Maps will also be available for free at the festival.
One of the farms I visited is Purple Haze Lavender. What an amazing place this is! It is one of the larger lavender farms in Sequim. The rows of purple blooms waving in the breeze along with their aromatic scents is wonderful! Here you can purchase all kinds of lavender infused products. (Their bar soaps are wonderful!) There is also a concession stand that offers several flavors of lavender ice cream, lavender tea (hot or cold), and lavender lemonade. Yum! There are also other really beautiful floral and herbal gardens, as well. A tour of lavender farms in Sequim would not be complete without visiting Purple Haze Lavender.
Another of the larger lavender farms is Jardin Du Soleil. Lots of waving purple lavender fields here! Visit their gift store to purchase your favorite lavender product. Here a few images of their large fields of lavender.
The next lavender farm I visited is Washington Lavender Farm. This is a most spectacular place to visit! Not only is it situated on a bluff overlooking the Strait of Juan de Fuca, but there is an outstanding, colonial style bed and breakfast inn on site. The long, straight and narrow entry onto the site is lined with colorful flowers and, of course, lavender. The gift store is located in a beautiful, white structure, as well. Walk on a path alongside the inn to get a spectacular view of the water. Wow!
Here are a few images of another lavender farm and gift shop I visited. It is located along Hwy 101, several miles east of Sequim. It is the Sunshine Herb and Lavender Farm. They have a very large gift shop with all kinds of wonderful lavender gifts and products. May I suggest that you visit this farm on your way back along Hwy 101, since it is on the right side of this busy highway. Here are a few images of the pretty lavender gardens.
I hope you enjoyed my photo tour of some of the lavender farms in the Sequim area of the Olympic Peninsula, in Washington State. If you are visiting the area this summer, I highly recommend a tour of the area. It is along the way to Olympic National Park.
All photos property of Peggy A Thompson