Beautiful Lavender Farms in NC to Visit This Summer

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Lavender Farms in NC to Visit This Summer

Since moving to North Carolina, I’ve been in search of the most beautiful flower farms including lavender, tulips, and sunflowers fields. I was happy to find that, just like New York (my old home), NC also grows fields of lavender and has Lavender Farms you can visit! 

So, if you’ve dreamed of visiting lavender fields this summer, here are some farms to add to your North Carolina bucket list! In this guide, explore some beautiful lavender farms right in NC to take photos, picnic, U-pick lavender, and enjoy! If you really enjoy lavender, check out some of the most beautiful lavender fields around the world here!

Lavender field at the Lavender Oaks farm in NC
Lavender Field at the Lavender Oaks Farm in Chapel Hill, NC

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When to Visit Lavender Farms in NC

In order to have the best chances of seeing Lavender during your visit to these NC Farms, plan your visit around the end of May to July. This is when the farms are generally open to the public because the lavender is in bloom.

I personally grow Lavender in my backyard and it is just starting to bloom (end of May). June seems to be when the bulk of lavender blooms in North Carolina. Of course, this is always weather dependent, as each year is different.

You will always want to check with the lavender farms in NC before you visit to make sure they still have blooms. 

Lavender Oaks Farm view of Fields in NC Chapel Hill
Lavender Oaks Farm in Chapel Hill, NC

Lavender Oaks Farm

Located right in Chapell Hill, NC, Lavender Oaks Farm operates as a private venue for weddings and special events. However, during Lavender season, they kindly open up their 60-acre farm so visitors can enjoy their 9 different varieties of Lavender. 

This year (2022) Lavender Oaks Farm is planning on opening to the public on June 1st!

Enjoy walking through their lavender fields, take beautiful lavender photos, or even set up your own little picnic (remember to clean up)! During your visit, you can also head to their Farm Shoppe where they sell all types of lavender goodies.

Additionally, they provide U-pick Lavender in June! It costs $10 for a bundle (about 25 stems).

If you are located in the Raleigh/Durham area of NC, this is the perfect lavender farm for you!

Admission at Lavender Oaks Farm is $5.00 per person ages 12 and up and you can pay upon arrival at Farm Shoppe with cash, credit card, or Venmo. So far, this Lavender farm has been my favorite to visit in North Carolina!

Stay up-to-date on Lavender Oaks blooms here! They are currently also offering Culinary Lavender & Wine Dinner!

Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 1:00 – 4:00, Friday: 11:00 – 2:00, Sunday: 1:00 – 4:00. They are closed on Monday and Saturdays.

Address: 3833 Millard Whitley Rd. Chapel Hill, NC 27516

Walking through the Fields at the Lavender Oak Farm in Chapel Hill, NC. Wearing oversized sun hat and white dress.

Sunshine Lavender Farm

Another place to enjoy a lavender field in NC is at Sunshine Lavender Farm. This year they are opening up to the public on June 4th and June 11th with special events and of course, lavender. 

Some events they will be holding this year include how to glass blow your own hummingbird feeder, painting barn quilt squares, and crafts that have fresh lavender. 

During our visit, the actual lavender field they had in bloom was pretty small. If you want to come specifically for pictures in the lavender, it would be difficult here as the field does not have that many plants this year.

You will need to get tickets ahead of time to attend any of these events (they are time-specific). Tickets to Sunshine Lavender Farm can be found here. This includes pre-ordering food and the special events they have included this year.

Stay up-to-date with Sunshine Lavender Farm on their website including tips about growing lavender (link above).

Address: 4104 Millstone Road, Hurdle Mills, NC 27541 – About 45 minutes away from Raleigh, NC.

Lavender Field at Sunshine Lavender Farm NC

Lavender plants at Sunshine Lavender Farm in NC

What to Expect When Visiting Lavender Farms in NC

Now that you know some of the best lavender farms in NC, here is what you can expect when visiting. One thing most people seem to forget is that flowers attract bugs. Do not be surprised to see bees hard at work, butterflies, grasshoppers, etc. 

In general, they only care about the flowers and not you, so be kind and don’t swat at them. 

Also, remember to pack sunscreen, a picnic blanket, a hat, clippers (for U-pick), your camera, drinking water, and wear durable shoes that you don’t mind getting dirty. Lastly, respect the farm’s flowers. Make sure to stay on paths so everyone can enjoy the lavender.

Bunch of lavender in a lavender field.

Frogholler Lavender Farm

Another North Carolina lavender farm to add to your list is the family-owned Frogholler Lavender Farm. Located in Madison NC. When open you can enjoy their lavender fields and their fully stocked greenhouse with tons of plants. Additionally, the farm also offers tons of goods including handmade quilts, natural soaps, aprons, totes, and more!

The 2022 farm year is starting on April 21st and the beginning of the lavender harvest will start June 6th through June 18th. You can find more event dates at Frogholler here!

Address: 1095 Joe Joyce Rd, Madison, NC 27025

Lavender flowers close up with bumble bee.

How to Get to The Lavender Farms in NC

The best way to get to the lavender farms in NC is by car. As you may already know, North Carolina does not have a ton of public transportation options. If you are just visiting North Carolina and want to visit lavender farms, it would be best to rent a car.

Fun Facts about Lavender

If you love lavender as much as I do, here are some fun lavender facts!

  • Lavender originated in the Mediterranean.
  • The name Lavender originates from the Latin word Lavare, which means to wash.
  • Lavender has been used in aromatherapy oil for its relaxing properties. It is known to help with calmness, anxiety, and possibly even mild pain.
  • There are over 45 species of Lavender! Just in my backyard, I have both English and Provence Lavender. 
  • Lavender comes in different shades of purple and even pinks and yellows. 
  • Provence, France is where most lavender is commercially grown. They have endless fields of purple and I am dreaming of visiting!

Growing Lavender in North Carolina

Getting so excited about lavender, you want to grow your own? If you live in North Carolina, lavender is a perennial and will come back! I’ve been able to find lavender plants at the Raleigh Farmers Market. 

Lavender likes sandy well-drained soils. It also prefers a shallow pot and lots of sunlight. I have mine potted and they did fine through the winter, but you can also plant it in the ground (my neighbor is in the ground and looks great). 

Lavender Farms in NC Wrap-up

As you can see, we have a little piece of Provence, France right here in North Carolina! Have you visited any of these Lavender Farms in NC or have any other farms that should be added to the list? Let me know in the comments below! 

If you find yourself in New York, also check out Long Island’s Lavender farm which is the largest in the USA. Their blooms are usually from the end of June into July!

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Lavender Farms in NC you need to visit this summer!

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