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The Lavender List, 2011: Festivals and Fun
Alison Makkinga harvesting lavender; photo courtesy of Happy Valley Lavender; taken by Bruce Stotesbury, Times Colonist Newspaper, Victoria, BC, Sunday July 10, 2005
A lavender festival is a feast for all of your senses. Wandering among the fields is visually stunning and aromatic beyond compare. The sound of the bees hard at work and other folks also admiring the view is stimulating as you feel the fresh lavender you are about to cut. The best part of all, however, are all the unusual culinary creations that you are likely to encounter.
Here we provide a list of the upcoming
lavender festivals around the world in 2009. Keep reading past the festival list for hints on what to expect and what to take along plus how to care for those plants you are sure to bring home.
June 10 through 12 The
Seventh Annual Blanco Lavender Festival
Four lavender farms band together in the Texas Hill Country to offer a variety of events
that include tours, cuttings and informational classes.
June 17,18 and 19 The Pennsylvania Lavender Festival |
Willow Pond Farm in Fairfield
celebrates ten years of hosting the festival. Look for garden tours, a number of workshops, live music and a special children's corner.
New this year is the "Cooking the Lavender" recipe contest.
June 25 and 26 The 2011 Lavender Days Festival|
Johnson Hill Farms in Franklin County, Massachusetts plays host to visitors who want to enjoy the Lavender Labyrinth or wander the apple orchard.
Lavender oil distilling will be demonstrated each day. Workshops and dove releases round out the fun.
June 25 and 26
Lavender Food and Wine Festival|
Sonoma Lavender Barn celebrates all
the good things in life from aromatherapy to zippy lavender drinks. Don't miss
the beekeeper and his lavender honey.
July through July 17 (Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays)
Lavender Daze 2011
Take part in the harvest at the Happy Valley Lavender and Herb Farm on beautiful
Vancouver Island in British Columbia. Take home lavender wands or your own
plants after you have indulged in some unusual tasty treats. Arrange to be a
volunteer and you can help harvest the lavender.
July 23 and 24 Victorian Lavender Festival
Seafoam Lavender Farm (formerly known as Beach Lane Lavender Farm) in Seafoam Nova Scotia,
invites you to spend the day down on the farm. Live music, U-pick and a variety
of treats, culinary and aromatic, will be available.
Lavender: A Day of Rejuvenation for Body & Soul|
Combine your lavender adventure with a tour of the Canterbury Shaker Village in Canterbury,
New Hampshire. This year relax with a yoga class, massage or take a lesson on
skin care. Plenty of children's activities too.
July 15, 16 and 17
The First Annual Colorado Lavender Festival|
Enjoy the beauty of the blooming fields while learning how
to grow your own at one of the many seminars. Farm tours, live music and
delicious food complete the scene.
July 15, 16 and 17 Sequim Lavender Festival|
This is a big one! With Puget Sound as a backdrop, the
annual summer celebration kicks into gear on the Street Fair's main stage. Growers display dozens of varieties of lavender as you tour
up to thirty farms or just enjoy the marketplace.
July 15 and 16
9th Annual Lavender Festival|
the folks at Gabriel's Garden and Blakes Orchard and Cider Mill, this year's event celebrates
"A Symphony for the Senses" with workshops and lectures, demonstrations and cooking classes plus artists,
gourmet food and a whole lot more.
July 16 and 17
The Tenth Annual San Juan Island Lavender Festival|
Pelindaba Lavender is
nestled in the hills on San Juan Island in Washington State. Bring your lunch or
buy a gourmet box lunch on-site
and enjoy a picnic overlooking the fields. Certified organic!
July 9 and 10
Oregon Lavender Festival|
Get yourself to historic Yamhill for an art
show, demonstrations, craft classes and just plain fun. Yamhill is perferct as a
jumping off point to the area's dozens of lavender farms
Late June to mid-July each Year Hida Kiyomi Lavender Festival |
Described as "walking on a purple cloud," thousands of lavenders at the Pascal Lavender Park share the stage with the flowers in Makkaichi Lavender Park in Kiyomi, Takayama City, Japan,
Mid-July through August each Year Provence and Beyond|
Naturally, France celebrates this lovely flower. Use the link above to find a list of seven of the events around Provence.
First Three Weeks in January Australian Lavender Festivals |
Lavender is celebrated at a different time of year for those of us who aren't "down under." Check the list link above to find the lavender farms down there.
Tips for Visiting
- While we strive for accuracy, double check to make sure all the information is current before setting out to visit a farm.
- Wear comfortable shoes, carry water and take the sunscreen--these are outdoor events that may require a good bit of walking, or meandering at least.
- Consider taking a picnic lunch. Lavender farms are a lovely place to relax. Most will offer snacks for sale but you may need something more substantial than the usual sweet treats and condiments.
- Allow plenty of time to wander about the grounds and gift shops.
- Take your camera but always ask before shooting.
- Many of the farms say "No dogs please," so you'll probably want to leave
Fido or Fluffy at home.
- Keep your eyes open for shopping opportunities. Lavender often inspires romantic paintings and home decor items.
- WATCH FOR BEES!
Growing Your Own
|Our friend Kristi Fina from White Picket Gardens in Stanwood, Washington offers these hints for growing lavender:
- Lavender likes a light, well-drained loamy soil. It grows naturally in limestone soils. Good drainage is a must, raised beds are best. When planting add 1/4 cup of dolomite lime as well as 1/4 cup bonemeal and mulch with sand or oyster shells (this keeps the foliage drier as well as reflects heat for bigger flowers). Do not use bark or compost--rot can occur if too much moisture is held in place with the mulch.
- Lavandula angustifolia and intermediates are the hardiest, surviving to Zone 4.
- Lavender is drought-tolerant after the first year. Soaker hose is much better than overhead watering for these plants.
- Prune at least once a year. March is the best time. Cut down to the third leaf node. Remove any flower heads in the fall if they were not picked for drying.
- When harvesting, ask yourself what will you be using the flowers for? For culinary purposes, cut those buds that are not opened at all. For potpourri, choose buds that have opened all the way for the best oil content. To use the lavender dried, cut flowerheads that are just opening.
- Dry lavender in 100 stem bundles hung upside down in a dark, well-ventilated area.
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