Tips for Visiting a Lavender Farm

I always wanted to visit a lavender farm, and I finally had the opportunity to check out a couple different farms locally in New York.  It was so exciting to be able to see one in person!  I absolutely loved walking the fields of lavender and being able to cut my own to bring home.

The experience was wonderful, but there are some good things to know before you head out.


Lavender typically blooms in late spring to early summer, but the exact timing can vary depending on the location and climate. Know when the lavender is at its peak, and be prepared for the reality that the blooms may be in decline if you go after peak season.

Most farms provide information about the best times to visit on their websites or social media pages.

Dress Appropriately

Wear comfortable, lightweight clothing suitable for walking and bending over to pick lavender.

Wear closed toed shoes that are appropriate for walking through the fields.

Bring sun protection, as it can be very hot without any shade! It is good to have sunglasses, and sunscreen to shield yourself from the sun.

Bring Supplies

Stay hydrated by bringing a reusable water bottle.
Most farms provide baskets or containers for picking (see the photo above), but you can bring your own if you prefer.
You can protect your hands while picking lavender with a pair of gardening gloves, if that is your preference.

Understand Picking Guidelines

Familiarize yourself with the farm’s picking rules and guidelines. Some farms charge by the bunch, weight, or size of the container.
Follow instructions from farm staff to ensure a respectful and sustainable picking experience.

Stick to designated pathways to protect the plants and surrounding wildlife.
Dispose of any trash properly and take all personal belongings with you.

Picking Techniques

Use scissors or shears to cut the lavender stems, leaving about a third of the plant intact to encourage regrowth.
Hold the stem just below the flower buds and make a clean cut. Avoid pulling or yanking the plants to prevent damage.


Just my own personal experience – kids may not enjoy going to the lavender fields.  It is likely hot without much for kids to do.

Another big factor is that there are usually a lot of bees!  I found that my kids were not a fan of the bees everywhere, so keep this in mind!  I’ve never been stung, but there are a noticeable amount of bees and other pollinators.

Bring a camera / camera phone

Bring a camera or smartphone to capture the picturesque fields of blooming lavender.

Keep in mind that morning or evening may yield the best photos, instead of the brightest hours.

Lavender Uses

Research how to use lavender in cooking and baking before you go, so you know how much to pick.  You will have to dry out your lavender before you use it, but a plan gives you an idea of how to prepare.
Have an idea ahead of time what you would like to use your lavender for, as there is culinary versus fragrant lavender.

By following these tips, you can ensure a pleasant and enjoyable visit to a lavender picking farm, making the most of the beautiful blooms and serene atmosphere.

Check out our experiences at Slate Hill Lavender Farm and Lavenlair Farm.

20 thoughts on “Tips for Visiting a Lavender Farm”

  1. I appreciate your insights on visiting lavender farms! Your timing tips, dressing comfortably, and following picking guidelines were incredibly valuable. The advice about sun protection was especially helpful.

  2. I don’t think we have any lavender farms close by. I’ll have to look it up. I don’t care for lavender very much though. I will diffuse it on occasion.

  3. Melissa Cushing

    I am so loving this idea and I have to take my daughter to a Lavendar Farm as she loves Lavendar! I love it dried and it has such great aromatherapy properties!

  4. Visiting a lavender farm sounds magical! Great tips on timing and attire—being prepared makes the experience even better.

  5. Thank you for sharing this wonderful adventure of yours to a lavender farm! I love the smell of lavender and would be nice to take the kids to this special place.

  6. Great post and I wouldn’t mind visiting a lavender farm. I just love the smell of lavender and I like to place it all around my home.

  7. These are amazing tips! I love going to lavender fields here in Ontario, where I live. The incredible scent, and the ability to bring the flowers home is my favourite summer activity!

  8. Williams Melanie

    These are really top tips especially the valid point about potentially not bringing children. This would be great go to with a date x

  9. OMG, this sounds like a great escape. I had never thought of visiting a lavender farm before. The photos added a beautiful visual touch to the advice.

  10. I’ve heard about apple or fruit farms but never lavender fields. I think it is a really cool place to relax and enjoy nature. I’ll google lavender fields near me.

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