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The type of soil (alkaline limestone soil), dry weather and entrepreneurial spirit found here in the Hill Country have produced many farms with thousands of plants to rival their famous cousins in France.
Smell the aroma? Lavender is just one more reason you have to visit the Texas Hill Country! The adventurous spirit of this industry is the same spirit that brought the pioneers who settled this rugged landscape. The blooming season typically runs May through July.
The scope of this lavender market includes tours of beatuiful fields of blooming lavender at the growers' farms, and tours of the production of lavender products, and of course, the on-farm retail store sales of locally crafted lavender products made by these farms. The craftsmenship and artistry of these products distinguishes one vendor from the next. These products are available at the farms, and via on-line and traditional walk-in stores, and at open market events (see more about events below). These products include: body lotions, bath washes, soaps, salts, essential oil, sachets, medicinal items, and extracts to flavor food and beverage products, the most popular being lavender margaritas and lavender honey. And, of course, lavender plants to take home and enjoy. These growers and producers often conduct classes in aromatherapy and hold demonstrations of lavender oil distillation.
As you look through the following, notice the number of farms that have folded, testimony to the vagaries of weather, competition, plant biologoy, and who knows what else. With owner motivation typically rooted in passion, the fact remains it is a tough business environment, with all the risks and rewards that accompany it. While we have noted some of these farms as being "closed" in the listings below, which they are regarding lavender operations, they may be alive and thriving in pursuit of other business activities.
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To celebrate the beginning of the lavender bloom season, plan on attending the following festivals.
BECKER VINEYARDS LAVENDER FEST: Stonewall, at Becker Vineyards, in Stonewall. www.beckervineyards.com/lavfest.htm. Lavender products, vendors, speakers, concessions, music, cooking demos, wine tasting, tours. Luncheons & dinners. Free admission. 2016: Not held this year.
BLANCO LAVENDER FESTIVAL: The City of Blanco is the Lavender Capital of Texas, and holds a great festival each June with vendors, displays, tours, entertainment, etc. The entire town of Blanco and the surrounding countryside will be bathed in lavender during the Lavender Festival. The Lavender Market, on the grounds of the historic Blanco County Courthouse, is always a must-see highlight of the festival. Selected vendors and artists from across the Hill Country offer lavender-related pleasures and treasures from the finest craftsmen. See Blanco County Lavender Festival: http://www.blancolavenderfest.com/page-1649695 and their sponsor: the Blanco Chamber of Commerce: 830-833-5101; www.blancochamber.com. 2016: 6/10-12
TEXAS LAVENDER TRAIL: Johnson City & Blanco. From 10a-5p. Sponsored by The Texas Lavender Association. Tour Johnson City and Fredericksburg area working lavender farms during one of the most beautiful times of year in the Hill Country and when lavender produces some of the most picturesque blooms of the year. Special events, music, workshops, demonstrations, crafts, food, plants for fall planting, and a variety of lavender and Hill Country products await you. Contact individual farms on tour for events and bloom status. No entrance fees to the farms. Stay the evening when, starting at 5pm, Blanco County locals put on a feast complete with live & silent auctions and entertainment at the Annual Wild Game Dinner held at the Blanco County Fairgrounds in Johnson City – a Blanco County tradition.
See event status and details on Chamber calendars at:
- Johnson City Texas Chamber: 830-868-7684, www.JohnsonCityTexasChamber.com or call
- Blanco Chamber of Commerce: 830-833-5101, www.BlancoChamber.com
Wikipedia, background article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lavender
Botanical.com, background article: http://botanical.com/botanical/mgmh/l/lavend13.html
GardenGuides.com, Lavender gardening tips & techniques:
Mountain Valley Growers, Lavender background: www.mountainvalleygrowers.com/lavendercareandtips.htm
Sequim Washington Lavender Festival: www.lavenderfestival.com
University of Maryland, Lavender for Medicinal Use: www.umm.edu/altmed/ConsHerbs/Lavenderch.html
Lavender Production, Products, Markets, and Entertainment Farms:
Texas Lavender Association (TLA): www.texaslavenderassociation.org. Recognizing the growing lavender industry in Texas, this association was founded as a Texas nonprofit in 2008 to promote the lavender industry.
US Lavender Grower's Association: www.uslavender.org
BLANCO RIVER LAVENDER COMPANY: Closed lavender operation.
BLASINGAME CREEK FARMS: Closed lavender operation.
HARDWAY FARM: TLA Member
HERON'S NEST: 830-833-2627; 1673 River Bend Dr, Blanco, TX 78606. www.heronsnestherbfarm.com
HILL COUNTRY LAVENDER: 830-833-2294; 408 4th St, Blanco, TX 78606. www.hillcountrylavender.com
IMAGINE LAVENDER FARM AT ROCKING L RANCH: 830-833-1166
7048 US 281 N, Blanco, TX 78606. www.imaginelavender.com. Located mid-way between Blanco and Johnson City. Family owned and operated ranch with Lavender Farm. Products are plant-based, natural, local, handmade by family, friends and local artisan; available online, at Pearl Market (San Antonio) and at the farm when open. Open seasonally and by appointment. Charter member of Texas Lavender Association (TLA).
LAVENDER LANE (formerly Lavender Hill): 830-833-9097; 1378 River Run, Blanco, TX 78606. Closed, but now being redeveloped.
LIZ ON THE SQUARE: 830-833-0405; 405-A 3rd St, Blanco, TX 78606. www.LizOnTheSquare.com. Not a farm, but a retail store specializing in all things lavender.
TEXAS LAVENDER HILLS FARM & MARKET: Closed lavender operation.
HILL COUNTRY SEASONS: 512-699-0756; Burnet, TX 78611
RUSTY ROOSTER RANCH: Comfort, TX 78013. Closed lavender operation.
CAVE CREEK LAVENDER: 830-644-2212; Owners Chuck and Bea Borton are from the lavender region of France.
LAVENDER MARKET: Closed lavender operation.
LITTLE & KEETER: Closed lavender operation.
TRIPPLE L FARMS: Closed lavender operation.
LAVENDER MARKET AT VILLA TEXAS: Closed lavender operation.
CHANTILLY LACE: Closed lavender operation.
HUMMINGBIRD FARMS: 830-868-7862; 9340 US 290 W, Johnson City, TX 78636. www.hummingbird-farms.com. Manufactures natural bath and body lavender products containing hand-selected ingredients. True aromatherapy, no synthetic fragrances. Available online and throughout Texas.
THE MEADOWS AT FLAT CREEK: Closed lavender operation.
M&J LAVENDER FARM: 830-693-6624; 2484 Round Mountain-Sandy Rd, Sandy (Johnson City), TX 78636: 2 mi E of Hye, go N on Sandy Road (CR 1320 to Sandy, left on CR 307). From Round Mountain, go W on CR 307 (Old Round Mountain-Sandy Rd). This farm is home to honey bee hives used to produce lavender honey. At harvest time, the copper distiller works non-stop to distil their acres of lavender. Open for tours by appointment. www.mjlavenderfarm.com
MILLER CREEK LAVENDER: Closed, but now being redeveloped.
LAVENDER & OLD LACE: 830-257-6732; Kerrville, TX 78028. A small herb demonstration farm with plans to offer home and garden tours to small groups.
LAMPASAS RIDGE LAVENDER FARM: 512-869-9767; 1693 CR 220, Oakalla (Lampasas), TX. www.lampasasridgelavenderfarm.com. Located at the NE county line in Burnet County. Started in 2007, with one acre of lavender. See Lavender
HILLTOP LAVENDER: 512-299-1893; Liberty Hill, TX 78642. This lavender business focuses on the the wholesale market.
HILLSIDE LAVENDER: Marble Falls, TX 78654. Closed
WHITE ACRES FARM: Closed lavender operation.
BECKER VINEYARD'S LAVENDER FARM: 830-644-2681; 464 Becker Farms Rd, Stonewall, TX 78671. www.beckervineyards.com. Winery, vineyard, wine & entertainment events, tastings, tours, picnic areas, reception hall, and B&B available.
IMAGINE LAVENDER: Imagine Lavender in Blanco now has this product line (see above). The lavender farm here in Vanderpool is no longer active.
LAKE TRAVIS LAVENDER: 512-689-3422; Volente, TX 78641. www.laketravislavender.com. This farm overlooks Lake Travis and focuses on providing quality lavender products.
ROUGH CREEK LAVENDER FIELDS: 512-847-2888 or 512-847-3778; FM 2325, Wimberley, TX 78676. www.roughcreeklavender.com
WIMBERLEY LAVENDER FARM: 830-833-1595; 11300 FM 2325, Wimberley, TX 78676. www.wimberleylavender.com
BIRD SONG LAVENDER FARMS: 254-938-2292; 2915 Bottoms East Rd, Troy, TX 76579-3008
BLUE LOTUS LAVNDER: Seguin, TX. TLA Member
CHAPPELL HILL LAVENDER FARM: 979-251-8114; Brenham, TX. www.chappellhilllavender.com
CLARKE FARMS: Closed
CLEAR FORK OF THE BRAZOS LAVENDER FARM: 214-364-4363; 14427 Hwy 180 E, Hermleigh, TX 79526. www.clearforklavender.com
GABRIEL VALLEY FARMS: 512-930-0923; Georgetown, TX. www.gabrielvalleyfarms.com
GUNBARREL LAVENDER FARMS: 214-228-2815; Gunbarrel, TX
HERB'N ESCAPE LAVENDER FARM: Greenville, TX. TLA Member
HIGH PLAINS LAVENDER: Amarillo, TX. TLA Member
LAVENDE LAVENDER: 713-715-8392; Bellville, TX lavender farm, and retail store in Chappel Hill. www.lavandetexas.com
LAVENDER BY THE LAKE: Dawson, TX. TLA Member
LAVENDER DREAM FARM: 254-965-7186; Stephenville, TX. www.lavendergrams.com
LAVENDER OF ORIENT: 325-262-5447; San Angelo, TX. www.lavenderoforient.com
LAVENDER RIDGE FARM: 940-665-6938; Gainesville, TX. www.lavenderridgefarms.com
LAVENDER, WILLOW POND FARM: Canton, TX. Closed
LEA LAVENDER HILL: 254-445-4531; Stephenville, TX
PANOLA ORCHARD & GARDENS: De Berry, TX. www.panolaorchard.com
PRAIRIE SEAN: Mansfield, TX. Closed
PURPLE RANCH LAVENDER FARM: 972-636-2144; Royce City, TX. www.purpleranch.com
ROCKING H LAVENDER FARM: Santa Ana, TX. TLA Member
SAVANNAH'S MEADOW: 214-668-4299; 4473 FM 903, Celeste, TX 75423. www.savannahsmeadowllc.com
SOMERSET LAVENDER AND HERB FARM: Round Top, TX. www.somersetlavenderfarm.com
STARS OVER TEXAS RANCH: Bartlett, TX. TLA Member
TEXAS LAVENDER: 888-476-2160; 512-585-1295; 170 Terri Trail, Webberville, TX. www.texaslavender.com. 15 miles E of Austin
THISTLEDEW LAVENDER FARM: 806-689-2074; Dickens, TX 79229. www.thistledew.com
TRIPLE CROSS RANCH LAVENDER: Stephenville, TX. Closed
DOCIA'S LAVENDER GARDEN: 575-628-8980; Carlsbad, NM
GINGERHAUS, LLC: www.gingerhaus.com
HIGHLAND LAVENDER FARM: 480-567-8182; Heber, AZ
PRAIRIE LAVENDER FARM: Bennington, KS. www.prairielavendfarm.com
COLORADO LAVENDER FESTIVAL: July. www.coloradolavender.org
KANSAS LAVENDER HARVEST FESTIVAL: June
USLGA NATIONAL LAVENDER CONFERENCE-2017: Details forthcoming.
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