Off-Season Hours: August-April
Our lavender is done blooming for the 2019 season and we are in our off-season hours from August through April and only open for Farm Events such as our Culinary Lavender & Wine Dinners (Sept. 14th, 2019 and Feb. 15th, 2020- registered guests only), plus our Farm Shoppe Open Houses in October, November, and December (Dates to be announced soon), our Culinary Lavender Lunch & Learn Tours (Email us to schedule your group), plus tours for weddings and special events (Please see our, “Weddings” tab).
For more information on upcoming events please see our, “Farm Events” tab for details and save the date for Opening Day May 12th, 2020 (Mother’s Day) for Lavender Season!
BEFORE ENTERING OUR FARM:
Check our hours BEFORE driving to and on our farm! Make sure we aren’t closed for the off-season, or a private event. We post dates below we are closed only during lavender season May to July, otherwise if we are in the off-season August to April then our farm is closed, except for Farm Events that are open to the public!
We donate our farm frequently to local nonprofits, and close for our own private family & friend events! PS: Remember our farm is also our home! 💜
We live on our farm and frequently leave our entrance gates open for meetings with vendors, clients, private tours, deliveries, and other appointments. Please do not drive on to our farm if the date is posted as closed during lavender season, or it is during the off-season months of August through April, or you arrive before or after our set hours.
Our gravel road is shared by our neighbors, so please be courteous and drive very slowly when entering and exiting our farm.
Admission Fee: Ended for 2019 blooming season.
NO PETS ALLOWED! We love our furry friends, but our lavender does not, so please do not bring pets when visiting our farm, or leave your pets in a hot car when visiting during the summer!
Cutting Lavender: We are done for the 2019 season
BEFORE VISITING During Lavender Season May to July:
1. Check our website and hours BEFORE driving to our farm! Make sure we aren’t closed for inclement weather or a private event. We post dates we are closed! Not all dates are for weddings! We donate our farm frequently to local nonprofits, and close for our own private family & friend events! PS: Remember our farm is also our home! 💜
2. In Season: Bring your own scissors and a bag to carry your lavender home. We do not have scissors you may borrow at our farm.
3. Stop in our Farm Shoppe when you arrive.
4. In Season: We’ll show you which plants you can cut and how to cut our lavender.
5. Remember to cut above all leaves on the stem! Your bundles should not have any leaves on them- just the buds and stem! Only cut the plants we have designated as ready.
6. We charge $10 per bundle of u-cut lavender which is about 25 stems. Bring your bundle back to our Farm Shoppe to pay before leaving. We’re on the honor system here, so trust if you cut, you’ll pay!
7. You can not cut lavender if it is raining. Lavender does not like water, so we choose not to open up the stems during the rain. We prefer not to disturb our plants when it rains and they seem to be very grateful as they are really beautiful!
8. Please make sure to walk between our lavender rows and do not step on top of the white weed fabric.
9. Please respect the honey bees, bumble bees, and butterflies in our fields and do not swat or shoo them away to cut lavender. If you wait a few seconds they will most likely flutter off to another stem.
Here’s what you can do with fresh cut lavender:
1. Dry it: Hang it upside down in a dark place such as a closet. In about 2 weeks your lavender will be dry and you can either display it, or rub the buds off the stem and use it as culinary lavender.
2. Display it fresh: If you put your fresh cut lavender in a vase it is best not to put water in the vase. The stem becomes moldy very quickly.
3. Bake or Cook with it: Fresh lavender is wonderful sprinkled on fruit, made into a simple syrup, or added to salads or soups.
Lavender Blooming Update: We still have 5 of our 9 lavender varieties in bloom as of June 24th, 2019! Early to mid June is the peak time to see the most of our 9 varieties in bloom and we’ll continue to have seasonal hours through the summer and early fall as long as we have blooms so you don’t miss the first to last blooms!
As long as we have lavender blooming you can cut some beginning in June.
Our Farm Shoppe is open with our handmade lavender products and we do accept credit cards and cash!
Please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org for questions.
Tours: $10.00 per person (Includes your Admission Fee)
Tuesdays and Thursdays:
Groups of 10 or more, please email or call us to let us know you are coming!
Children 12 and under are free for tours.
Tour Description: 25 Minutes
Learn how to grow lavender in North Carolina, the various varieties and their uses grown on our farm, oil distillation, barn restoration, and building our farm!You may stay after the tour to cut some lavender if it is ready to cut. We charge $10 per bundle of fresh cut lavender which is about 25 stems. Please bring your own scissors and a bag to carry your lavender home.
Inclement Weather: Please check this page, or follow us on our Instagram @lavenderoaks and Facebook @lavenderoaksfarmnc for updates on farm closings due to inclement weather! Our lavender can not be cut if there is inclement weather, or heavy rain.
Please email us for private tours of our historic barns for weddings and special events, or click on, “Weddings” for more information.
Lavender Oaks Farm is part of North Carolina Agritourism and we are excited to be promoting traditional farming techniques and our organic lavender farm in our great state. Our farm is available to the public through open farm days, private farm events, tours, farm to fork culinary lavender dinners, our popular “Lavender Lunch & Learn Group Tour”, and more! Please go to our Contact page to request information on Lavender Oaks Farm and please follow our Social Media for the latest photos! It is our honor to be an American Farmer!
Visiting our Farm
DIRECTIONS: Our farm does come up in Google Maps if you have updated your App. Please use the following address for GPS: Lavender Oaks Farm 3833 Millard Whitley Rd. Chapel Hill, NC 27516. When you come down our gravel road, Millard Whitley Rd., follow the signs directing you to our main parking lot. You will drive past our farmhouse the “Macdonald Private Residence” and around to our main parking lot. Please park in our main parking lot and walk down to our Main Barn. There is handicap parking adjacent to our main barn, but please keep the circle drive area clear of all vehicles.
As a working lavender farm, we ask for your assistance in staying with all children at all times during your visit. There is large farm equipment located on our land, gravel roads, and several acres of forest, as well as a 3/4 pond, so please follow our safety and directional signs located around the farm.
Please park in our parking lot and keep our circle drive clear of all vehicles.
Our lavender is planted on long rows with white weed fabric protecting our raised mounds. Please stay on the pathways between the lavender rows and see one of our staff before cutting any lavender and only cut lavender that is available to cut that day!
Lavender typically blooms in late May, peaks in June, and continues with small pops of purple on some varieties through summer and possibly to early September.
Lavender is an evergreen, so it is quite beautiful during the fall and winter months. Our farm is smoke-free, and we do ask that whatever you bring into the farm you bring out- including your garbage! Please help us to keep our farm clean and healthy. If you have any questions regarding your visit, please see our “Frequently Asked Questions” tab, or email us at: email@example.com. We look forward to welcoming you to our family lavender farm!
In the words of Thomas Jefferson:
“Cultivators of the earth are the most valuable citizens. They are the most vigorous, the most independent, the most virtuous, and they are tied to their country and wedded to its liberty and interests by the most lasting bonds.”