Southern Oregon Lavender Trail
Visiting each of the farms along the Southern Oregon Lavender Trail this year will take you through the Applegate Valley, surrounded by the outstanding natural beauty of the Siskiyou Mountains. Each of these lavender farms will be open for visitors between July and August when the lavender is in full bloom. The Oregon Lavender Festival takes place during the 2nd weekend in July at the peak of the lavender harvest, and I would recommend you try to visit during the festival as many offer craft workshops and demonstrations during the festival which are well worth booking ahead for.
Allows yourself at least one whole day to visit all of the farms on the trail or perhaps spread it out over two days; a weekend trip would allow you to sample more of what the Applegate Valley has to offer. Last year I took a quiet drive through the foothills of the Siskiyous during the festival weekend, stopping at each farm on the route to admire the natural beauty of fields of vibrant purple. I learned to make lavender wands, a lavender wreath, how to distill my own hand-picked blooms to make lavender essential oil and I ate my fill of lavender shortbread and lavender lemonade!
If you are traveling from further afield, then you may wish to consider an overnight stay in the National Historic Landmark town of Jacksonville, the perfect pace for a weekend getaway. Begin your scenic drive west along Highway 238 and don’t forget your camera!
As you drive along Highway 238, look for paragliders over Woodrat Mountain to your left. After almost 8 miles (12 minutes or so) you will reach the town of Ruch. Pass the Country Store on your right, and then turn left onto Upper Applegate Road and after exactly 1.7 miles turn right onto Hamilton Road. You will arrive at the first lavender farm, which is on your left about a half-mile down at 375 Hamilton Road. There you will be greeted by Bonnie and John Rinaldi at Lavender Fields Forever.
Keeping west along Highway 238, you will soon reach the town of Applegate with the Applegate Store and Post Office on the left and the Applegate River Lodge on your right. Cross the green Pioneer Bridge and immediately turn left onto Thompson Creek Road. A leisurely drive for about 10 minutes (7.8 miles) will bring you to The English Lavender Farm, where my husband and I grow an entire hillside of English lavender. Watch for deer and wild turkeys along the way!
The next farm on the trail is 3 ½ miles away on Lofland Lane; a right turn directly off the Murphy Williams Highway. Two Sisters Lavender Farm was named after owners Dan and Mary-Anne Loughran’s two daughters, Kylie and Rachel.
Continuing along Williams Highway, you’ll soon reach the Luna Blue Farm. Park in front of the lavender, where you will be greeted by Brett & Crystal Pyren and family. From Luna Blue Farm head toward the the last lavender destination on the trail, Goodwin Creek Gardens, which has been run by Jim and Dottie Becker since 1977.
About the Author: Sue Owen
Sue Owen is co-owner of the English Lavender Farm in Applegate Oregon; she is native to the Royal County of Berkshire in England and has spent a lot of time in Provence in the south of France. She has moved to the Applegate Valley in Oregon recently to be near family and to work full time on the farm. When she is not producing some new lavender inspired product for the farm gift shop, she enjoys frequent trips in and around Oregon sampling local micro brews, wines and cheeses.
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