Imagining rows of purple flowers and the scent of lavender in the air? It’s certainly on my bucket list to visit Provence, France, for this very reason. In the meantime, I’ve found seven Michigan lavender farms where visitors can walk through beautiful fields or labyrinths. Additionally beneficial to those of us living in the United States or Canada, visiting these farms doesn’t require a transatlantic flight!
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Why visit one of Michigan’s lavender farms?
In addition to its beauty, lavender is sought after for its medicinal properties, fragrance, and use in food and beverages. Many of these Michigan lavender farms have gift shops where visitors can purchase hand-crafted lavender products. Many of Michigan’s lavender farms also sell distilled essential oil, bath and beauty products, linen sprays, honey, tea, and lemonade made with their lavender. Some farms also allow you to cut your own bouquet of fresh lavender for a small fee, and many sell bundles of both fresh and dried lavender.
Michigan Lavender Farms You Should Visit
Explore the map below to find a Michigan lavender farm to visit!
Cherry Point Farm & Market | Shelby
Known for their lavender labyrinth surrounding an herb garden, Cherry Point Farm & Market’s lavender is usually in bloom from mid- to late July with color lasting into August.
Of course, a visit to Cherry Point Farm wouldn’t be complete without wandering around the labyrinth, where something is always in bloom in the herb garden. But, don’t forget to shop the market, grab a slice of homemade cherry pie, or enjoy a grilled cheese on site.
2020 Update: Cherry Point Farm & Market lost much of its lavender during 2019’s harsh winter, but the farm planted more lavender this spring.
Hours: I recommend checking the farm’s website for up to date hours of operation.
Where I Recommend To Stay Nearby: Hart House Bed & Breakfast (12 miles)
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Harbor View Nursery & Lavender Farm | Traverse City
Located on the Old Mission Peninsula in Traverse City, Harbor View Nursery & Lavender Farm offers lavender tours and more than 50 all-natural lavender products produced right on the farm. In addition to lavender, the farm also grows raspberries, cherry trees, grapes, annuals, perennials, shrubs, and trees.
When you visit Harbor View Lavender Farm, you can peek into the 130-year-old barn and learn about the many uses of lavender on a tour (available by appointment). You might also get to sample a taste of the farm’s refreshing lavender lemonade. Tour attendees also receive a 10% discount to put toward a purchase of lavender plants or products of $15 or more. Tours cost $10 per adult, $3 for teens and pre-teens (ages 12-18), and is free of charge for children age 11 or younger.
I recommend scheduling a tour of Harbor View’s farm while exploring the wineries of Old Mission Peninsula, but you can also stop by their downtown Traverse City shop.
2020 Update: The farm and downtown store are open. Customers are asked to wear a mask and maintain six-feet distance between themselves and others.
Hours: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Daily, April – October
Indigo Lavender Farms | Imlay City
One of the closest lavender farms to the Detroit area, Indigo Lavender Farms is a nearly 20-acre, woman-owned family farm with 14,000 lavender plants. The farm sells oil, honey, chamomile tea, and a variety of bath and beauty products all made with lavender. The 2020 U-pick season opens July 5 with peak bloom expected in the second or third week of July.
Typically, one-hour farm tours are available for $5/person from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday in May through October. However, farm tours will not be offered in 2020.
2020 Update: The farm store is tentatively scheduled to open on June 15, and the farm’s products are also available to purchase on Amazon, Etsy, and at some local retailers.
Location: 613 North Cedar Street, MI 48444
Hours: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday – Saturday and Noon – 5 p.m. Sunday, May – October
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Lavender Hill Farm | Boyne City
One of the largest commercial lavender farms in Michigan, Lavender Hill Farm has been open since 2003 in Northern Michigan’s Boyne City. The farm offers guided tours, walking trails, a beautiful lavender labyrinth, and a gift shop full of lavender goodies.
During a visit to the farm, an absolute highlight is the seven-circuit lavender labyrinth, where you can walk and meditate. For further exploration, you can see 23 varieties of lavender on the farm’s 33 acres. Whether you walk the trails, hand cut your own bouquet, watch the bees hard at work, or sip a Lavender Lemonade Fizz, you’re in for a fragrant visit.
Open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily May through October, the gift shop carries spa and bath products and a variety of foods made with lavender. You’ll find lavender jelly, simple syrup, cookies, beverages, balsamic vinegar, and even Moomer’s ice cream.
Update 2020: Tours, walking trails, the gift shop, and curbside pickup are available from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily.
Hours: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Daily
Lavender Hill Farm of Niles | Niles
Located in Southwest Michigan’s Berrien County, this 1.25 acre farm has 4,000 lavender plants. Stopping by the farm’s shop, you’ll find farm-made lavender products, including lavender essential oil, fragrant lavender water, and lavender honey.
Lavender Hill Farms of Niles has postponed opening its gift shop for spring 2020, and the farm plans to share whether U-pick will be offered this summer at a later date. Follow Lavender Hill Farm of Niles on Facebook to stay updated on classes, special events, and more offered at the farm!
Location: 1219 Morris Drive, Niles, Michigan
Hours: Temporarily closed
Where I Recommend To Stay Nearby: Harvest Bed & Breakfast (5 miles)
Shades of Lavender Farm | Mattawan
The Shades of Lavender Farm, located outside of Kalamazoo in Mattawan, allows visitors to explore its lavender field and cut their own bundle. You can also purchase hand-crafted products, including candles and bath products. The farm also plans to host classes on making soap, lavender wands, lavender wreaths, food, and drink.
Location: 47222 24th Street, Mattawan, MI 49071
Hours: Temporarily closed except for scheduled pickups of online orders
Summerhouse Lavender Farm | Fennville
Visit this one acre garden packed with 825 lavender plants of seven varieties. Plus, you can explore the Japanese and rock gardens, perennials, and birch trees around the property. The farm also sells lavender honey, candles, essential oils, and bath products.
Update 2020: The farm is not offering private tours until Michigan’s stay-at-home order is lifted.
Location: 2975 65th Street, Fennville, MI 49408
Hours: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Thursday – Sunday, Mother’s Day – Labor Day
Before You Visit These Michigan Lavender Farms
Generally, the best time to visit lavender fields in Michigan is mid-July, when lavender reaches peak bloom. Most of Michigan’s lavender farms open in June, but this is subject to change. Sometimes the lavender’s color will last into August. It is best to check with the farm before visiting for hours, tour availability, and special events.
Please, keep in mind lavender needs sunshine and bees in order to thrive. Therefore, when you visit these farms, make sure you have sun protection — such as sunscreen, sunglasses, and/or a hat. If you are allergic to bee stings, you should also take necessary precautions. Also, if you suffer from seasonal allergies like I do, you might want to consider taking your allergy medication prior to your visit.
Lastly, these are working farms, so wear closed-toe shoes that provide stability for walking on uneven ground.
If you liked this post on Michigan’s lavender farms, check out my other posts on visiting gardens and farms:
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