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Smell the aroma? Lavender is just one more reason you have to visit the Texas Hill Country! The adventurous spirit of this new industry is the same spirit that brought the pioneers who settled this rugged landscape.
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To celebrate the beginning of the lavender bloom season, plan on attending the following festivals.
Late April-Early May - 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.
Juen - 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: www.blancolavenderfestival.com and their sponsor: the Blanco Chamber of Commerce: 830-833-5101; www.blancochamber.com
Early Oct - TEXAS HILL COUNTRY FALL LAVENDER TRAIL: October. Johnson City. 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 10th Annual Wild Game Dinner held at the Blanco County Fairgrounds in Johnson City – a Blanco County tradition. See event status and details on Chamber calendar at www.JohnsonCityTexasChamber.com or 830-868-7684.
Come join us. "Let's Lavender Together" ®
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: www.texaslavenderassociation.org
US LAVENDER GROWER'S ASSOCIATION: www.uslavender.org
BLANCO RIVER LAVENDER COMPANY: 830-833-4494; 4136 RR 1623, Blanco, TX 78606. www.blancoriverlavenderco.com. Started in 2005. Owned by Stephen & Kenny Smith
BLASINGAME CREEK FARMS:
HERON'S NEST: 830-833-2627; 1673 River Bend Dr, Blanco, TX 78606. Growing & wildcrafting native medicinal herbs. View handmade quality medicinal herb products and class schedule at www.heronsnestherbfarm.com. Started in 2004. Owned by Fred & Melanie Van Aken.
HILL COUNTRY LAVENDER: 830-833-2294; 409 4th St, POB 1266, Blanco, TX 78606. www.hillcountrylavender.com. Located at McCall Creek Farms on Hwy 281, 3.5 mi N of Blanco. Texas' first commercial lavender farm. Our products are available year-around at Brieger Pottery, on the square, Blanco, TX 78606. Tasha Brieger, Owner.
LAVENDER HILL: 830-833-9097; 1378 River Run, Blanco, TX 78606. www.lavenderhilltx.com. Gift shop, floral gardens, Lavender in the field, open in season, out-of-season appointments available. Beautiful hilltop view of Blanco River. Owned by Ganell & Charley Pemberton. 11 acres.
ROCKING L RANCH & LAVENDER FARM: 830-833-1166; 7048 US 281 N, Blanco, TX 78606. www.imaginelavender.com. Located mid-way between Johnson City and Blanco, this 6 acre lavender farm is in the heart of a 200 acre family owned ranch. Two B&B cabins and views for miles. Lavender farm open by appointment and as posted on the website. Owner: Bernadette McFarling
TEXAS LAVENDER HILLS FARM & MARKET: 830-833-9183; 5110 Kendalia Rd, Blanco, TX 78606. www.texaslavenderhills.com. Organically grown lavender wrapped around hillsides, spectacular views of the Texas Hill Country, all-natural and simply designed lavender products.
HILL COUNTRY SEASONS: 512-699-0756; Burnet, TX 78611. A new lavender farm.
RUSTY ROOSTER RANCH: 830-324-6527; Comfort, TX 78013. A new lavender farm, not yet open to the public.
CAVE CREEK LAVENDER: 830-644-2212; Owners Chuck and Bea are from the lavender region of France. A new lavender farm.
LAVENDER MARKET: 830-997-1068; www.lavendermarket.com. This market provides a wide selection of Texas lavender products at their downtown store. Their lavender farm is open for touring by appointment.
LITTLE & KEETER: 830-990-4160; Fredericksburg, TX 78671.
TRIPPLE L FARMS: 830-997-8575; 9229 Old San Antonio Rd, Fredericksburg, TX 78624. www.lllfarms.com. Farm located near Grapetown, just SW of Fredericksburg. The first 3,700 lavender plants were put into the ground in the fall of 2002. Another 1,000 plants were added in the fall of 2003. At this time, there are 4.6 acres with 6000 lavender plants, in two separate fields. Retail Store: 3245 US Hwy 290 E, Fredericksburg, we carry our wonderful lavender products including Lavender Soap, Lavender Sachets, Lavender Lotion, Lavender Bath Salts, Lavender Oil, and Lavender Plants along with reasonably priced antiques and decorative items. We also have lots of new plants for sale. Don't forget about our gift baskets and our new Lavender Margarita mix to make you a 'hit' at your any party.
LAVENDER MARKET AT VILLA TEXAS: 234 W Main, Fredericksburg, TX 78624
CHANTILLY LACE: 830-868-7450; 625 N Nugent Ave, Johnson City, TX 78636. www.chantillylacesoaps.com. Country Inn Bed & Breakfast and Restaurant with gardens in unique country settings. Romantic lodging, lunch, dinner, carry-out, catering and special hand made natural soaps. The Inn offers six acres of beautiful landscaped gardens. Located in the middle of a small town, the Inn offers a beautiful setting for relaxing outdoors. Herb gardens and perennial beds are connected with winding paths that lead to private benches, perfect for enjoying tea or for quiet reading. Three porches and a pavilion are available for our guests, offering the opportunity for intimate conversation. Comfortable furnishings, including a porch swing provide an array of seating for our guests. Overhead a unique variety of mature trees provide cooling shade in the summer. A gentle breeze may bring the sound of wind chimes. In the spring and summer, there is an abundance of butterflies and hummingbirds. Owners: Sylvia & Porter Dunnaway. A large lavender field was planted in 2006.
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: 512-934-1616; 8453 Miller Creek Loop, Johnson City, TX 78636. www.millercreeklavender.com. Lavender farm started in 2005, on 3.5 acres. Karen & Don Roets.
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: 830-798-1922; Marble Falls, TX 78654. www.hillsidelavender.com
WHITE ACRES FARM: 866-883-4236; 765 Astral Point, Spring Branch, TX 78070. www.whiteacresfarm.com. This farm offers lavender and olives products and classes in Artisanal cheese, jam and bread making. Nubian and angora goats, lambs, poultry and one donkey. Open during the blooming season.
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: 830-966-5105; 17582 FM 337 E, Vanderpool, TX 78885. www.imaginelavender.com. Three acres of lavender on a hillside near Lost Maples State Park. Gift shop.
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. Located 7 mi NW from town, pick your own lavender from 5,000 lavender plants or shop in their on-site store. Herb Classes, Special Events & Tour Buses Scheduled.
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
CLARKE FARMS: 214-683-0019; Gatesville, TX
GABRIEL VALLEY FARMS: 512-930-0923; Georgetown, TX. www.gabrielvalleyfarms.com
LAVENDER DREAM FARM: 254-965-7186; Stephenville, TX. www.lavendergrams.com
LAVENDER, WILLOW POND FARM: 903-780-4569; Canton, TX
LAVENDE: 713-715-8392; Bellville, TX. www.lavandetexas.com
LEA LAVENDER HILL: 254-445-4531; Stephenville, TX
MISSION LAVENDER FARMS: 214-228-2815; Gunbarrel, TX
PRAIRIE SEAN: 817-475-2384; Mansfield, TX
PURPLE RANCH LAVENDER FARM: 972-636-2144; Royce City, TX. www.purpleranch.com
TEXAS LAVENDER: 888-476-2160; 512-585-1295; 170 Terri Trail, Webberville, TX. www.texaslavender.com. 15 miles E of Austin.
THISTLEDEWIND FARM: 806-689-2074; Dickens, TX
TRIPLE CROSS RANCH LAVENDER: 254-965-2289; Stephenville, TX
HIGHLAND LAVENDER FARM: 480-567-8182; Heber, AZ
COLORADO LAVENDER FESTIVAL: July. www.coloradolavender.org
PRAIRIE LAVENDER FARM: Bennington, KS. www.prairielavendfarm.com
KANSAS LAVENDER HARVEST FESTIVAL: June
DOCIA'S LAVENDER GARDEN: 575-628-8980; Carlsbad, NM
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