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