Thursday, July 16, 2009

Sequim Lavender Festival

I am off to the The 13th Annual Sequim Lavender Festival.

It is the premier celebration of the joys of lavender and the largest lavender festival in North America. Sequim is located on Washington State’s Olympic Peninsula, cradled in the “rain shadow” of the Olympic Mountains and Olympic National Park.

The Sequim-Dungeness Valley has an ideal microclimate for growing lavender and with less than 20 inches of rain per year; the area is similar to the Provence region of France. Because of the unique conditions and dedicated farmers, Sequim lavender has received world-wide recognition for its superior quality and fragrance. The farmers have over 200 years of combined experience cultivating lavender, developing the best planting and growing practices, and creating lavender products.

The Festival includes seven lavender farms to tour and a street fair. Each farm is unique and you find an incredible array of vendors. I went to the festival in 2005 and remember trying lavender ice cream, lavender cheese cake, and lavender chocolate. I also learned how to make a lavender wreath. This time I am going for two days and hoping to see ALL the gardens!

Me in a Sea of Lavender

I will have more pictures to post when I return.

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