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 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!
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
- Lavender Farms in NC to Visit This Summer
- When to Visit Lavender Farms in NC
- Lavender Oaks Farm
- Sunshine Lavender Farm
- What to Expect When Visiting Lavender Farms in NC
- How to Get to The Lavender Farms in NC
- Fun Facts about Lavender
- Growing Lavender in North Carolina
- Lavender Farms in NC Wrap-up
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 dependant, 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
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 (2021) Lavender Oaks Farm has opened to the public from May 22nd – July 31st!
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!
The 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
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 5th and June 12th 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 craft with 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.
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.
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.
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!