Admission to the farms is free.
In Spanish, Blanco means "white." The town of Blanco was named for the limestone hills and banks along the river here. But another color has come to characterize this area: Lavender. The pale pastel hue of small buds that bloom in later spring at the lavender farms nestled among the region's rugged hills and live oak groves.
In honor of this exciting regional crop, the Blanco Chamber of Commerce will host the 13th annual Blanco Lavender Festival, June9-11th. The lavender blooming season generally runs May through July.
The dry weather and alkaline limestone soils around Blanco make the area particularly suitable for growing lavender. The first commercial lavender farm in the state, called Hill Country Lavender, was started near Blanco in 1999. The climate and terrain reminded the farm's owners of Provence, where they had recently visited. After planting their lavender, they gave seminars to others who wanted to grow the beautiful flowers.
During the festival, the farms will be open to the public for tours.
Each farm will offer activities and events so be sure to click on the individual farm links to see what will be happening at each to plan your visit.
PLEASE LEAVE YOUR DOGS IN THE COMFORT OF YOUR HOME.
SERVICE DOGS ONLY PLEASE
Hill Country Lavender
4254 US Highway 281 North
Blanco, TX 78606
Owner Tasha Brieger has been involved with the farm since 1999 when the first lavender sprig was planted at the original location, owned at the time by National Geographic photographer Robb Kendrick and author Jeannie Ralston. After serving as the farm’s manager for several years, Tasha purchased Hill Country Lavender and relocated the farm just north of Blanco on Highway 281, behind McCall Creek Farms. Since buying the business, Hill Country Lavender expanded the lavender product line, to include more than 75 products, offering a variety of soaps, lotions, sprays, as well as a full line of culinary items. Products are handmade at the farm and by local artisans.
Hill Country Lavender products are also available year-round at Brieger Pottery on the Blanco Square.
Lavender Lane Farms LLC
1378 River Run, Blanco, TX 78606
Lavender Lane Farm is located on the site of one the original Blanco lavender farms that helped make Blanco lavender famous. But with the original owner’s advancing years, the farm was allowed to go fallow and revert back to native shrub and grass.
Just two years ago Mitch and Keely Symons first saw the property. They saw what it was then but they envisioned what it could be. Now for the first time, the fruits (and flowers) of their labor will be open to the public