Lavender thrives in sun-drenched spaces with little precipitation, which might make a person wonder how Washington could be home to over 20 productive lavender farms. While it’s true our state gets a lot of rain, it also offers soil that drains well, and its mild temperatures don’t pendulum swing toward either extreme. Those conditions make lavender a prime crop for Washington farmers.
Known for being drought-tolerant and hardy, lavender plants grow quickly and can continually produce blooms for around 15 seasons. Their pretty purple flowers and sweet-herbal scent are a natural draw for pollinators like bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds, and they provide a wide variety of lavender-based products from freshly cut bouquets to essential oils, soaps, and culinary lavender (I’ve got some in my pantry right now).
The drier cities of Port Angeles and Sequim north of Seattle claim ten of these farms, but Olympia and several of its surrounding communities in Thurston County claim five. The hotter summertime months of July and August are when you’ll want to make plans to visit these farms. Bring your cameras, and your wallets, and get ready for a sensory overload at any of the following locations here in Thurston County.
*Lavender season can be somewhat flexible depending on the weather, so be sure to reach out to each farm to determine when they’re open before hopping in the car. We also encourage checking with the farms if you’ll have pets with you.
Evergreen Valley Lavender Farm