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36. Southern Oregon Lavender Trail

The heady aroma and beautiful blooms of lavender can be found at several farms in Southern Oregon during the summer. Blooming season generally runs from the middle of June until the middle of August.

A good way to experience local lavender growers is by attending the Southern Oregon Lavender Festival, which this year will occur on two weekends, June 23-25 and July 7-9. The festival occurs at stops along the Southern Oregon Lavender Trail:

Lavender Fields Forever: 375 Hamilton Road, Jacksonville, 541-702-2250. Open June 16 to mid-August, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and from 9 to 5 on festival days. At Lavender Fields, visitors can pick their own bouquet from seven pink, white and purple varieties. See lavenderfieldsforeveroregon.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 Friday-Monday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., June 2 to July 31, and from 9 to 5 on festival days. 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.

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 farms are open for visitors throughout the summer, not just during festival weekends.

The climate in Southern Oregon, especially the Applegate Valley, is perfect for growing lavender. [Mail Tribune / file photo]