Our local lavender farms open every summer in early June through mid-August to show off their beautiful, blooming fields. They offer a variety of activities throughout the season to engage and so that everyone can fully experience the farms in all of their glory. There are two weekends of the Southern Oregon Lavender Festival so that no one misses out on the beauty and fun that the season offers. If you are coming from Medford you will want to to start out with Lavender Fields Forever since it is closest to Jacksonville.
LAVENDER FIELDS FOREVER
Driving up to Lavender Fields Forever I was immediately charmed by its sweet little garden and its gorgeous barn/farm store. We quickly grabbed a basket and some scissors to cut our own lavender in their u-cut fields. Their garden is full of mature plants with four different types to choose from so we cut a little of each to enjoy the variety that they offered. They had pretty Adirondack chairs throughout the gardens so that we could sit and enjoy the view that included a large area of canopies and picnic benches so that we could grab a cup of homemade lavender lemonade or enjoy some locally made gelato.
I decided to grab some plants to grow at home and to checkout the store, but the kids just wanted to hang outside so I jumped at the opportunity to speak with the delightlful owners Bob and Caryn. Bob was so helpful, giving me tips on growing my lavender plants (I've killed at least four, :) ) and we chatted about the various classes that they offer including Wreath Making, Propagation, and Essential Oil & Hysdrosol Distilling classes taught by Caryn.
You can find a full schedule of their events HERE. We could have spent the whole day under their huge maple tree watching the kids swing while sipping on lavender lemonade. I think we will pack a picnic and do just that this summer.
THE ENGLISH LAVENDER FARM
The English Lavender Farm always has a full schedule for the Lavender Festival weekends that includes vendors, food, and live music in addition to their farm store that is stocked full of lavender scented gifts, teas, and even chocolates. By the time we got there, the first hour after they opened they were already busy, but the gentleman that was helping with parking was so helpful and got us parked close because my grandmother is in a wheelchair.
To start out we walked through to look at some of the guest vendors on site and then through their charming, little farm store. I found the prettiest handmade, lavender crown for Olivia to wear for the perfect photos when we strolled through the lavender fields. We then steered our way out of the farm store to the shaded patio where tables with umbrellas were set up so that we could sit and enjoy the live music and grab a bite to eat. As expected the day was full of lavender; we enjoyed lavender-strawberry lemonade, lavender cider, and nibbled tasty lavender dishes from a local chef. We watched artists recreate the lavender fields with acrylics and water colors, and watched ladies make lavender wreaths, and of course the view was breathtakingly beautiful.
While my grandma and dad sat and enjoyed the music, Olivia and I took the opportunity to walk through the lavender fields enjoying the various types and many colors that lavender is; light purple, classic lavender, and we even found some pink. It was so exquisite and serene as we walked to take in the view from the top of the hill.
Throughout the season they also offer various events including dinners in the fields, painting workshops, wreath making classes, and more. See a full schedule of their events HERE.
OSU LAVENDER GARDEN
After leaving The English Lavender Farm we headed to the OSU Extension Center to enjoy their amazing old growth gardens. Their mature plants are huge and we saw more than five different types of bees buzzing along enjoying the sweet nectar of the lavender. The master gardeners were on hand to answer any questions we had serving samples of lavender cookies, cheeses, and lemonade, and we went home with a small lavender bouquet to decorate our kitchen with.
OSU Extension center offers educational classes all year and their gardens are available year round for self-guided tours. Learn more HERE.
GOODWIN CREEK GARDENS
Goodwin Gardens is the last lavender farm in our southern Oregon tour. We didn't get to make it out there but hope to sometime this season. They have nearly 80 lavender varieties plus other pollinator plants, culinary and medicinal herbs, and drought tolerant plants.
Whether you make it to every farm or just one, you will be enchanted by the intoxicating scent and gorgeous views of the lavender fields. You will want to pull up a chair and just sit, taking it all in; if just for the serenity, it is most definitely worth the trip out to the Southern Oregon Lavender Trail.
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