by Eileen Garvin (updated)
At The English Lavender Farm in Applegate, visitors will find undulating acres of silver and green foliage and blossoms ranging from pale purple to brilliant blues. “The setting is really quite beautiful. People come when the flowers are blooming and the contrast between the fields of purple and the surrounding green hills is just lovely,” says Sue Owen, who co-owns the farm with her husband Derek. The Owens cultivate many kinds of lavender, including the short, dark Hidcote English Lavender the Grosso French Lavender and culinary lavenders like Royal Velvet and Melissa.
The English Lavender Farm in Applegate, Oregon
The Owens distill lavender oil on site in a copper still and harvest flowers for dried bouquets and buds. They craft a variety of lavender-based body care products like essential oils, soaps, lotions, sugar scrubs, and culinary offerings like lavender-infused honey, salt with lavender, and culinary lavender on the stem. Check out their products at the farm and online, or look for them at farmers markets in Grants Pass, Ashland, Medford, and Jacksonville. Open in June and July from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday through Monday, The English Lavender Farm also hosts special events like wreath making, wine and painting evenings, farm dinners, and parent-toddler mornings.
Jacksonville’s Applegate River Lavender Farm (formerly Lavender Fields Forever) nurtures seven varieties of lavender on 1.5 acres of their farm. Lavender varieties with blossoms of white, pink and blue are cultivated for essential oils, culinary use, and crafts. Owners Rob and Mary Rustad invite visitors to pick their own lavender, take a stroll through the fields and bring a picnic. The farm offers lavender distillation demos as well as hands-on classes about cultivation, distillation, culinary use, wreath-making, and more. Visit online or at the onsite barn store for bath and body products, essential oils, and culinary treats. Lavender Fields Forever offers a farm stay and is available for weddings and special events.
Other farms included in the trail include Williams-based Goodwin Creek Gardens. It has been run by Jim and Dottie Becker since 1977 and consists of a lavish selection of lavender and nearly 600 other species. Along I-5, in the town of Rogue River, stop at Lavender Alley. This is a memorable experience with hands-on activities and farm-made products crafted from 13 shades of estate-grown lavender.
Dos Mariposa Vineyards & Lavender in Medford never treat their products with pesticides or chemicals. Pure essential oils, hydrosol, and lavender lotions will be available during the lavender festival weekends and unique wine and cider tastings. One of the original lavender fields in Southern Oregon is just an easy drive east of Jacksonville. OSU Lavender Garden is home to 16 species and subspecies of lavender. Take a self-guided tour and watch the gardeners at work.
Return to Upper Applegate and head south, and you will soon come upon the most recently added farm to the trail, Kingfisher Farms (7717 Upper Applegate Road, Jacksonville). View the newly planted lavender fields and enjoy the farm hospitality of Annita and Bruce Phillips.
Bonus: Don’t miss the Southern Oregon Lavender Festival, which takes place over June 24-26 and July 15-17, 2022 and includes special events at some of these Southern Oregon lavender farms.