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 eight Michigan lavender farms where visitors can walk through beautiful fields or labyrinths. Additionally beneficial to those of us living in the US 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.
Harsh Winter Impacts Some Michigan Lavender Farms For Summer 2019
Unfortunately, some Michigan lavender farms are not offering U-pick and other events this summer due to a low yield. Our state experienced a harsh winter with extremely low temperatures during the Polar Vortex of late January. Therefore, some lavender farms have canceled their U-pick season. I will try my best to update this post as I learn of farms limiting U-pick and visitor hours. However, it is always best to confirm hours and services offered directly with the farm before visiting.
Michigan Lavender Farms You Should Visit
Explore the map below to find a Michigan lavender farm to visit!
Cherry Point Farm & Market | Shelby
2019 Update: Cherry Point Farm & Market is reporting their lavender is quite thin this year, but there are always herbs and blooms to see in the labyrinth.
The farm’s lavender is usually in bloom from mid- to late July with color lasting into August. 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. Don’t forget to shop the market and grab a slice of homemade cherry pie!
Location: 9600 W. Buchanan Road, Shelby, Michigan 49455
Hours: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. weekends only in April, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily in May – October, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. on weekends in June, and extended hours in July and August may vary year to year. I recommend checking the farm’s website for up to date hours of operation.
Where I Recommend To Stay Nearby: Hart House Bed & Breakfast
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Harbor View Nursery & Lavender Farm | Traverse City
Located on Traverse City’s Old Mission Peninsula, Harbor View Lavender Farm offers tours for $10/person. Tours feature a peek into the 130-year-old barn, education about the many uses of lavender, a taste of lavender lemonade, and a 10% discount off a $15 purchase of lavender plants or products. Harbor View Nursery & Lavender Farm also has a storefront in downtown Traverse City.
Location: 17770 Center Road, Traverse City, MI 49686
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 2019 U-pick season opens July 5 with peak bloom expected in the second or third week of July. One-hour farm tours are available for $5/person from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday in May through October. To schedule a tour, call 810-417-0909.
Location: 613 North Cedar Street, MI 48444
Tour Hours: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday – Friday, May – October
Lavender Hill Farm | Boyne City
One of the largest commercial lavender farms in Michigan, Lavender Hill Farm has been open since 2003. The farm offers guided golf cart tours of the property for $4 per person. You can also meditate in the lavender labyrinth, explore 23 varieties of lavender on the farm’s 33 acres, hand cut your own bouquet, watch the bees hard at work, and visit the gift shop. 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.
Location: 7354 Horton Bay Rd. North, Boyne City, MI 49712
Hours: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Daily
Lavender Hill Farm of Niles | Niles
In Berrien County in Southwest Michigan, the 1.25 acre farm has 4,000 lavender plants. Stop by the farm’s shop for farm-made lavender products, including lavender essential oil, fragrant lavender water, and lavender honey. Though the farm will not offer U-pick lavender in 2019, the gift shop will be open and crafting classes will be offered throughout the summer. Follow Lavender Hill Farm of Niles on Facebook to stay updated on classes and special events offered at the farm!
Location: 1219 Morris Drive, Niles, Michigan
Hours: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Wednesday – Saturday
Where I Recommend To Stay Nearby: Harvest Bed and Breakfast
Pinnebog Creek Lavender Farm | Bad Axe (Closed for 2019 Season)
Located in Michigan’s Thumb, this certified organic lavender farm sometimes opens its fields and retail shop to the public in June and July. Unfortunately, the farm won’t be open to the public for summer 2019.
Location: 2367 S Van Dyke Rd, Bad Axe, MI 48413
Hours: Noon – 6 p.m. Wednesday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday & Sunday, June & July
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: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Tuesday – Thursday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Friday & Saturday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sunday
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.
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, lavender fields in Michigan open in June with peak bloom in mid-July. Sometimes the lavender’s color will last into August. Keep in mind lavender needs sunshine and bees in order to thrive. Therefore, when you visit these farms, make sure you have sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat, and an EpiPen if you are allergic to bee stings. If you have seasonal allergies, you might want to consider taking your allergy medication prior to your visit. Also, 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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