The Oregon Lavender Festival runs this weekend -- Saturday and Sunday, July 12-13 -- with dozens of locations featured statewide.
There are six locations in the north valley, including Coltons own The Meadow of Lavender, located at 30939 S. Oswalt Road.
The Meadow of Lavender is celebrating its grand opening in conjunction with this years festival.
Owner Janna Liewergen has designed a beautiful garden complete with labyrinth, a Native American medicine wheel, a small shop selling gifts for home, garden, body, health care, pets and culinary recipes.
Fresh and dried lavender bouquets also will be available.
The festival days will include 15-20 local artisans and crafters in the 'art meadow' along with a harpist and flautist who will be adding music to the atmosphere throughout the weekend.
The two-day event at the Colton venue will feature speakers focusing on lavender, providing helpful hints for growing lavender and its many uses. }Another topic of discussion will be on bees, hiving, and producing lavender honeys.
"I wanted a garden that was welcoming, calming to the spirit and senses. I think we have done that, Liewergen said.
The Meadow of Lavender offers quiet seating areas along the pathways. You can pick fresh lavender, learn to make a lavender wand, distil oils or make hydrosol. For more information visit their website at www.meadowoflavender.com/.
RavenCroft lavender fields located at 14950 S. Cinnamon Hill Lane in Mulino is opening for its second year.
The owner says that along with strolling through the demonstration fields and a trip to the Raven's Nest lavender shop, there is a spectacular view of the valley and wonderful picnic area. To visit their website go to www.ravencroft.net.
Lavender Thyme Herb Farm is located at 32530 S. Needy Road in Canby. They urge you to come to the country and fill up your senses.
There are multiple photo opportunities along the lavender garden paths, complete with an old-time waterwheel. The shop is in an old barn, adding to the venues atmosphere.
The Oregon Lavender Farm at 20949 S. Harris Road in Oregon City is 25 acres of lavender. They will also showcase artisans, food and music, plus a spectacular view of Mt. Hood rising above the straight rows of lavender.
Mark your calendars, enjoy the scent that calms the soul, have a wonderful purple weekend, and dont forget your camera.