This year’s Sequim Lavender Festival, in Washington State, was held at Carrie Blake Community Park, instead of the usual street fair in downtown Sequim. It is a large, lovely park, complete with an outdoor, music performance stadium. All the usual arts and crafts vendors and lavender product vendors were present along with plenty of food and outstanding music performers. As well, driving maps were available for the free lavender farm tours. A few of the larger farms have their own venues each year and do charge a nominal fee to attend; otherwise, one can visit many of the farms anytime during the summer to purchase lavender and to peruse their gift shops.
I had spent practically a whole day attending the festive and then drove around the rural community of Sequim, visiting some of my favorite lavender farms. There just wasn’t enough time to visit them all. The area is known as the “Lavender capital of North America.” The regional micro climate is similar to Provence, France, and is ideal for growing lavender. Drive into town this time of year and you can literally smell lavender in the air. It is wonderful!
This first set of photos was taken at Martha Lane Lavender. There are ample photo opportunities here with their lovely lavender fields and gazebo.
This second set of photos was taken at Washington Lavender Farm. This residence has its own B&B, with a separate building for the lavender gift shop. This is a beautiful farm situated on a bluff overlooking the Strait of Juan de Fuca, along with an opposing view of the Olympic Mountains. What a perfect setting!
A newcomer to the Lavender Festival this year is Troll Haven Castle. This is an unusual and unique setting for a lavender farm, albeit a small one. It is not located in Sequim, but quite a few miles from it, in a secluded area. It is a private, rental residence with its very own purple castle. Yes, you read right! A purple, medieval castle, complete with statues of trolls and dragon gates. You cannot go inside the castle though. This area is for its rental residents only. But, the adjacent farm headquarters was open to the public this weekend. Inside were a few vendors, with a small lavender garden located behind the building. If all goes well this year, they hope to be back with a bigger and better venue during next year’s Lavender Festival.
I wish I could have stayed for the whole weekend to take more time to visit the area and all the lavender farms. As well, Olympic National Park is just a hop, skip, and a jump away. It’s a beautiful and scenic region! And the drive along Hwy 101 and more is breathtaking! The lavender farms and gift shops will be open throughout the summer months.