Yesterday my friend Teresa and I went to the Oregon Lavender Festival. The lavender festival is unique in that it isn’t a big fair with one central location. Instead, as the website explains, “Dozens of different lavender destinations throw their doors open to the public so that visitors can experience Lavender in Oregon firsthand by touring lavender farms, lavender nurseries, and lavender celebrations of all kinds.”
Our first stop was the Yamhill Artisan Fair, which is organized by the Yamelas Community Resource Center, an educational outreach organization. The fair was set up in a park under some wonderful shade trees.
The fair had everything from jewelry to fine art to bath and beauty products. My absolute favorite booth was Moontea Artwork; if I’d had the money, I’d have just about cleaned her out of all of her bird printed things.
The YCRC booth had lavender plants in white, pink, and of course purple; the plants were gorgeous, and the bees loved them.
There were also bunches of cut lavender, both fresh and dried.
I forgot to take a picture of the huge still making lavender essential oil, but I did get a shot of the piles of lavender waiting to be distilled.
From the festival, we moved on to Woodland Lavender, which is my favorite lavender farm of all the ones I’ve visited in Oregon so far.
It was hot in the sun, but there were nice shady places to sit.
We also visited Wild Rain Farm, which was lovely and hospital, but where I failed to take any pictures. I have no idea why–I think I was getting overheated. But I did pick up a white lavender plant there, and spent some time with a sweet dog.
Today I’m going to pick MORE lavender in a friends garden. I’m still pretty sure there’s no such thing as too much lavender.