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Lavender The Texas Hill Country is rapidly becoming a hotbed for lavender farms.

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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LAVENDER FESTIVALS IN THE HILL COUNTRY



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. 2015: 5/2-3

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. 2015: 6/12-13

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. 2015: 10/10-11
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ALL YOU EVER WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT LAVENDER



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:
www.gardenguides.com/how-to/tipstechniques/herbs/lavender.asp

Mountain Valley Growers, Lavender background: www.mountainvalleygrowers.com/lavendercareandtips.htm Texas Lavender Assn

Sequim Washington Lavender Festival: www.lavenderfestival.com

University of Maryland, Lavender for Medicinal Use: www.umm.edu/altmed/ConsHerbs/Lavenderch.html US Lavender Growers Assn

Lavender Production, Products, Markets, and Entertainment Farms:
www.attra.org/attra-pub/lavender.html

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


LAVENDER FARMS BY CITY WITHIN THE HILL COUNTRY



BLANCO AREA LAVENDER


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 lavender products

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.


BURNET AREA LAVENDER


HILL COUNTRY SEASONS: 512-699-0756; Burnet, TX 78611


COMFORT AREA LAVENDER


RUSTY ROOSTER RANCH: Comfort, TX 78013. Closed lavender operation.


FREDERICKSBURG AREA LAVENDER


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.


JOHNSON CITY AREA LAVENDER


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.


KERRVILLE AREA LAVENDER


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 AREA LAVENDER


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


LIBERTY HILL AREA LAVENDER


HILLTOP LAVENDER: 512-299-1893; Liberty Hill, TX 78642. This lavender business focuses on the the wholesale market.


MARBLE FALLS AREA LAVENDER


HILLSIDE LAVENDER: Marble Falls, TX 78654. Closed


SPRING BRANCH AREA LAVENDER


WHITE ACRES FARM: Closed lavender operation.


STONEWALL AREA LAVENDER


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.


VANDERPOOL AREA LAVENDER


IMAGINE LAVENDER: Imagine Lavender in Blanco now has this product line (see above). The lavender farm here in Vanderpool is no longer active.


VOLENTE LAVENDER


LAKE TRAVIS LAVENDER: 512-689-3422; Volente, TX 78641. www.laketravislavender.com. This farm overlooks Lake Travis and focuses on providing quality lavender products.


WIMBERLEY LAVENDER


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


LAVENDER IN TEXAS BUT OUTSIDE THE HILL COUNTRY



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


LAVENDER OUTSIDE OF TEXAS



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


LAVENDER FESTIVALS OUTSIDE TEXAS HILL COUNTRY



COLORADO LAVENDER FESTIVAL: July. www.coloradolavender.org

KANSAS LAVENDER HARVEST FESTIVAL: June

USLGA NATIONAL LAVENDER CONFERENCE-2017: Details forthcoming.

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