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Purple pleasures of Lavender Trail

The sight and smell of lavender can be found all around Southern Oregon at family-run farms inviting fans of the flower to come and enjoy. Blooming season generally runs from the middle of June until the middle of August. Swing by these spots for a floral adventure, with crafts and products such as essential oils and potted plants at several locations.

Oh, and don't forget about the Lavender Festival at these locations June 24-26.

Lavender Fields Forever: 375 Hamilton Road, Jacksonville, 541-702-2250. Open June 19 to mid-August, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. At Lavender Fields, visitors can pick their own bouquet from seven pink, white and purple varieties. See lavenderfieldsforever-oregon.com.

Goodwin Creek Gardens: 970 Cedar Flat Road, Williams, 541-846-7357. Open March to September, Fridays and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The farm features nearly 100 varieties of lavender. See goodwincreekgardens.com.

The English Lavender Farm: 8040 Thompson Creek Road, Applegate, 541-846-0375. Open mid May, June, July and August, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The farm has more than 6,000 lavender plants, as well as a gift shop in the drying barn where lavender is distilled into essential oil. See englishlavenderfarm.com.

Applegate Valley Lavender Farm: 15270 Highway 238, Grants Pass, 541-291-9229. Open June, July and August, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The farm has been cultivated from the same land that owner Deborah Thompson’s parents owned before her. See applegatevalleylavenderfarm.com.

OSU Lavender Garden: 569 Hanley Road, Central Point, is the Pacific Northwest’s first Lavender Collection and Demonstration Garden, with more than 80 varieties. Open daily for self-guided tours.

For details about the Lavender Trail, see www.southernoregonlavendertrail.com

The English Lavender Farm in Applegate is one of five farms on the Southern Oregon Lavender Trail. Mail Tribune file photo