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You don’t need to travel to France to enjoy the sweet smell of lavender! You can enjoy the beautiful fragrance by visiting these lavender farms in North Carolina. Whether you’re looking to get some fabulous photographs, enjoy the fragrant air, or cut your own specimens, visiting any of the lavender farms in NC will surely lift your spirits. I couldn’t believe these beautiful fields were located so close to Durham!

This post will be updated regularly as more details are announced. This information is up to date as of 5/27/2024.

Best Time to Visit Lavender Farms in NC

Harvest season is from late April to August. The flowers peak in the middle of June in North Carolina. While guests often ask whether the lavender is in bloom, guests should ask instead whether the lavender is in full color.

Best Lavender Farms in NC to visit featured by top NC blog, The Common Traveler: Lavender Oak Farms, Chapel Hill
Lavender Oak Farms, Chapel Hill

Lavender Farms in NC Open to Visitors in 2024

Please note that all these hours are subject to change (weather, holidays, special events, etc). Before you drive out, double-check each lavender farm’s website and Facebook page to avoid disappointment!

1) Lavender Oak Farms

3833 Millard Whitley Rd, Chapel Hill, NC

Hours: May 28, 2024- July 31, 2024
Fees: $5 per person (8 and under free); active duty military and first responders are free
Pets: Exempted during weddings only but fur babies must remain outside at all times, be on a leash, and then be escorted home after the ceremony. 
Picnic: YES, this a “Leave no trace” farm, so please take everything with you including your garbage.
Parking: YES, in their Visitor Parking lot and walk to our barns and fields with handicapped parking adjacent to the Main Barn
Photography: YES, for your own enjoyment and not as a Professional Photographer. Send an email to Karen at karen@lavenderoaks.farm to request permission to bring a client for professional photography.
Facilities: Yes, Main Barn has two restrooms that are accessible from their outdoor patio and are handicap accessible. 

With 60-acre country estate with you featuring acres of lavender fields, their boutique, historic barns, and hosting luxury weddings & private gatherings.

Lavender Oaks Farm enchants and captivates visitors to experience the aromatic and aesthetic qualities of several lavender varieties and educates guests about the history and health benefits of this wonderful crop.

Lavender Oak Farms also hosts Culinary Lavender & Wine Dinners. Groups can book Lunch and Learn tours.

Photo Credit to Lavender Oak Farms

2) Carolina Lavender Farm

188 Meek Rd, Gastonia, NC

Hours: Opens now for the season from 10 am to 7 pm
Fees: $15 per person which can be applied to same-day purchases in the store

Carolina Lavender Farm will offer 13 varieties of Lavender and 8 unique Eucalyptus, among other beautiful plants this spring.

Place your order now and schedule a pick-up during the first week of Spring.

This small farm located along the North-South Carolina border combines the talents of a chemist and a culinary artist. In addition to skincare products made from essential oils distilled from the plants, taste lavender honey or try lavender jalapeno jelly.

3) Sunshine Lavender Farm

4104 Millstone Road, Hurdle Mills, NC

Hours: Sunday, June 9 & Saturday, June 15, 2024
Fees: $10-$127.50 depending on the option chosen (several craft options) Kids under the age of 15 get in free with adult ticketholders, with workshop participants a priority. 

This small farm located in Orange County hosts an annual open house weekend in June. Farm tours are given throughout the day. Craft projects and presentations involving lavender are offered. Visiting artists and other local businesses will be on hand as well.

Photo Credit to Sunshine Lavender Farm

4) Dallas Lavender Lane

937 Old Willis School Road, Dallas, NC

Hours: 2024 info coming soon!
Fees: $12.99 to $19.99

Try their lavender lemonade slushies! There are lots of activities for kids in addition to u-pick events too! Updated information is available for events throughout the year on their Facebook page.

The parking is free but tickets must be purchased in advance (costs are $12.99-$19.99 depending on the option chosen). Several live bands will be playing 60’s music. Peruse the unique art vendors or try the various food options. Live entertainment like jugglers and stiltwalkers will keep the action going.

5) Purple Bloomers Lavender Farm

2511 Peach Farm Road, Lillington, NC

Hours: Opens from June 1, 2024 – 9 am to 5 pm. Every weekend i
Fees: U-Pick $12 (7 stems); $5 entry fee per car (covers guided farm and flower garden tour)

Don’t forget sunscreen, a hat or an umbrella, as the Lavender Field is in full sun. Wear shoes that are suitable for the farm. Feel free to take pictures. And most of all come enjoy the Lavender and Flower fields.

Open every weekend in June for Upick, and other dates will be posted on their FB page.

6) Gusenbury Fields Lavender Farm

1008 Highway 61, Whitsett, NC

Hours: Opens in June for the 2024 season
Fees: $75 per hour (minimum 1 hour). Off-Peak Season Sessions ($50 per hour (minimum 1 hour)
Photography: YES
Children: Should be supervised properly at all times

As the farm is still a small farm for now and still growing and planting more lavender each year with currently we have about 500 plants, it is highly recommended that you come by the farm to view the fields and see if they will be a good fit for your session before booking.

Peak-season sessions are typically booked from mid-May until the first week of July, but this can vary depending on the bloom status of the fields. 

Photographers can schedule photo shoots directly through the owners. While the fields are only open by appointment, you can pre-order flower bundles and bouquets directly through their website.

7) Good Ashe Lavender Farm

225 Joe Hampton Rd, Lansing, NC

Hours: 2024 info coming soon!
Fees: TBD

The farm will announce special U-pick events on its Facebook and Instagram pages. Sachets, soap, bundles, and culinary lavender will become available as the season unfolds.

Best Lavender Farms in NC to visit featured by top NC blog, The Common Traveler: cutting lavender with scissors above the leaves
Cutting lavender above the leaves

Lavender Farm Etiquette

Each lavender farm in NC has its own set of rules. Please consider them carefully before you go out to each lavender farm to avoid any aggravation. Some general rules have been listed below:

  • Do not go to any lavender farm in NC when the farm is not open.
  • Driveways are made of dirt and gravel – drive SLOWLY!
  • Do not smoke anywhere on the property, including parking lots.
  • Do not bring your pet with you. They can’t be around the lavender, and you don’t want to leave them in the car.
  • Bring your own scissors and bag if you’ll be picking your own lavender.
  • Only cut the stems above all the leaves.
  • Leave the bees, butterflies, and other insects alone. They will fly away on their own.
  • Walk between the lavender rows – don’t walk on the weed fabric.
  • Wear sunscreen if you’ll be picking your own lavender.
  • Don’t forget bug spray since there are often woods nearby.
  • Wear flat shoes – you’ll be in the fields, sometimes in muddy spots. Save your heels for another time.

Lavender Farms in NC Selling Products

These lavender farms are not open to the public, but their products are sold online, in stores, or at farmers’ markets throughout the state. Support our local farmers by purchasing their products:

  • Tryon Mountain Farms
    Tryon, NC
    Sell their products online and at various farmers’ markets. Try their simple syrups, lavender sugar, or lavender white wine salt!

Final Thoughts on the Best Lavender Farms in NC to Visit

You don’t need to escape to Provence to enjoy the relaxing fragrance of lavender. With plenty of lavender farms in North Carolina, we all can enjoy our own field of dreams right in our home state!

Have you visited a lavender farm in NC or your own state? What did you think? What did you enjoy the most?

There’s also a great lavender farm in Pennsylvania, Hope Hill Lavender Farm.

If you’re exploring our great state, check out these other options too:

Happy travels!
Annick, The Common Traveler

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