Road Trip: Thurston County Lavender Farms
July and August is lavender season in Thurston County! Grab your camera and your wallet and take a tour just outside the city to these five amazing lavender farms.
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
Evergreen Valley Lavender Farm, located on the southeast fringes of Olympia, has been in business for 13 years and open to the public for 10. What started out as simply wanting to share the beauty of their backyard with friends and neighbors has turned into a profitable endeavor. They have over 600 lavender plants in 12 different varieties (English, Spanish, as well as hybrids). The English varieties are better suited for culinary purposes, while other varieties work better for distillation (oils, soaps, lotions) as they have a stronger smell. Products available include a wide variety of bath and body products, fresh cut lavender bundles (summer) dried lavender bundles (year-round), culinary lavender, as well as some food and wine accessories.
Open (seasonally) Thursday through Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
9733 Evergreen Valley Rd SE, Olympia, WA 98513
Schirm Loop Homestead Lavender
Located northwest of Olympia on Steamboat Island, Schirm Loop Homestead Lavender Farm resides on a gently sloping hill and happily provides spectacular views of Mount Rainier (weather permitting of course). In addition to providing exceptional lavender products in their charming little gift shop, guests are invited to come out to the farm (see open hours below and you can also contact them to set up an appointment) for wreath-making workshops and a wide variety of events. Don’t miss their lavender festival August 6th featuring a wide variety of local artists, crafters, and live music!
Open (during season) Fridays and Saturdays, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
2434 Schirm Loop Rd NW, Olympia, WA 98502
Walupt Farms is a small lavender farm in Rochester, Washington. The roughly three-acre pasture features row after row of a variety of lavender, and is also home to some very industrious honeybees. You’ll find essential oils, hydrosol (water distilled with lavender), dried lavender, culinary lavender, and fresh u-cut lavender. Whether you come for the lavender products or simply want to put your feet up and be surrounded by purple blooms and buzzing bees, Walput Farms should be on your list.
Open (seasonally) Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
19441 Jordan St SW, Rochester, WA 98579
Cobblefield Lavender Farm
Cobblefield Lavender Farm, also located in Rochester, is a small working farm focused on producing high quality essential oils, baked goods, and other lavender products. Grab a pair of scissors and enjoy the relaxing experience of cutting your own lavender bundles to bring home. Choose from their French varieties for bouquets, and their English varieties can be dried for culinary use or a in a delicately scented sachet.
Open June 24 – July 25, Thursday through Sunday, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
*no pets, please
18443 Sargent Rd SW, Rochester, WA 98579
Popular with nature and portrait photographers as well as wedding planners, Hillside Farms in Tenino is the perfect spot for a beautiful summer wedding or family photo session. Surrounded by fir trees, maples, and a variety of lavender fields, the farm is an amazing event destination. Please know that this farm is not currently open to the public, so you’ll need to reach out to them directly if you’d like to stop by.
Open: By appointment only
1120 143rd Ave SE, Tenino, WA 98589
Thurston County Lavender Farm Map
Evergreen Valley Lavender Farm
9733 Evergreen Valley Rd. SE Olympia, Washington 98513 (360) 754-2002
Evergreen Valley Lavender Farm9733 Evergreen Valley Rd. SE
Olympia, Washington 98513
Schirm Loop Homestead Lavender Farm2434 Schirm Loop Rd NW
Olympia, Washington 98502
19441 Jordan St. SW Rochester, Washington 98579 (360) 870-7921
Cobblefield Lavender Farm
18443 Sargent Rd., SW Rochester, Washington 98579 (360) 909-9940
Cobblefield Lavender Farm18443 Sargent Rd., SW
Rochester, Washington 98579
2526 104th Ln SE Olympia, Washington 98501 1-360-918-6495
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