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Sequim Lavender Farms Shine in July

Lavender Farms SequimThe charming town of Sequim, Washington boasts a climate similar to that of Southern France.  Thanks to its location in the rainshadow of the Olympic Mountains, Sequim enjoys more dry and sunny days than most of the Olympic Peninsula.  This warm, dry environment is perfect for growing lavender, and over the years has led to Sequim becoming the Lavender capital of North America. Sequim is home to many beautiful lavender farms, and summer is the perfect time to enjoy row after row of this fragrant purple beauty.

The Beauty of Sequim’s Lavender Farms

The lavender movement in Sequim began as a means to replace empty dairy fields and to restore the agricultural community.  Today, Sequim lavender farms grow an astonishing 110,000 plants annually, and have become a major contributor to the economy of the Sequim-Dungeness Valley.  This July, Sequim will host the 19th annual Lavender Festival in celebration of this farmland rejuvenation.  One of the highlights of this popular community event is the street fair in downtown Sequim, where you can find a variety of lavender-inspired goods, including oils, lotions and soaps, relaxing eye pillows, culinary ingredients, lavender plants and more. In addition to these spectacular locally-crafted goods, there will be plenty of fun activities for kids and families, live entertainment, and of course tours of Sequim’s most popular Lavender Farms.  This year, 8 farms are open for free self-guided tours:  A Blackberry Forest, Graysmarsh Farm, Nelson’s Duckpond & Lavender Farm, Martha Lane Lavender, Oliver’s Lavender Farm, The Lavender Connection, Fat Cat Garden & Gifts and Peninsula Nurseries.

Yorkshire LavenderIf the crowds during Sequim’s popular Lavender Festival aren’t for you, perhaps you’ll want to come in the beginning of August during the Tour de Lavender instead. This event is the perfect opportunity for cyclists to explore Sequim’s beautiful Lavender Farms and the Olympic Peninsula.  If you’re not up for the entire 100k ride, there is also a family-friendly bike route through the Sequim-Dungeness Valley that includes visits to beautiful lavender farms.  Whether you join us at any of these fun summer events or not, Sequim’s Lavender farms are a beautiful place to visit any time of year, and are one of the many wonderful parts about living in Sequim.  Find your perfect slice of Sequim Real Estate today, so you can start living amongst the rolling purple hills of the stunning Sequim-Dungeness Valley.