The Washington Lavender Farm provides an ideal oceanfront venue to host a variety of events throughout the year. Many of these events are unique to our farm while others are hosted in cooperation with other farms in the Sequim-Dungeness Valley. The backdrop of George Washington Inn lends a unique colonial atmosphere to the events that is unmatched on the Olympic Peninsula.
The first lavender plants went into the ground in the fall of 2008. The Sequim-Dungeness Valley is well known for a climate that is very similar to Provence, France, and lavender grows very well here on the Sequim Prairie. Lavender prefers a relatively dry climate with lots of sunshine but moderate temperatures. All of these conditions come together on Washington Lavender Farm, and the lavender plants thrive.
Our first field of lavender contained a total of three varieties – Folgate, Grosso, and Royal Velvet. Since then we have added a number of other varieties, particularly in the lavender labyrinth that was planted during the fall of 2014. All of our lavender is grown without the use of pesticides or herbicides, producing a high-quality product.
During harvest each year, some of the lavender is bundled and dried while the rest is steam-distilled to extract the essential oil. The angustifolia lavender bud often finds its way into the kitchen of George Washington Inn where it is used extensively as we prepare breakfast for our guests. The essential oil is used to produce a full line of “Martha’s Own” soaps, lotions, spritzers, candles, and much more. We also sell the pure oil, never diluted or altered.
The farm officially opened to the public in July 2011 when we joined other lavender farms in the valley for Sequim’s Lavender Weekend. We had so much fun that we began making plans for other events. In February 2012 we held our first George Washington’s Birthday Tea. What better place to celebrate George’s birthday than at “Mount Vernon West”? In August 2013 we launched the Tour de Lavender cycling event in cooperation with several other lavender farms in the region. The following year we hosted our first Hymn Sing by the Sea. Then in 2015 we added the NW Colonial Festival. All of these festivals have become annual events, and attendance continues to grow.
Whether you join us for one of our many festivals and events or whether you simply come by to stroll through the lavender field and labyrinth, we welcome you to enjoy the beauty of our oceanfront farm.