Photo of back yard only. More lavender in front and side.
Red Oak Lavender Farm is the largest and open to the public lavender farm in Georgia. Among the beautiful mountains and valleys of Dahlonega, Georgia with grapevines and wineries, lavender seemed the perfect crop to grow. We approximately 2,000 lavender plants of over twenty different varieties of lavender from the famous Lodden Blue and Royal Velvet culinary variety to the popular Grosso Intermediate lavender with its long stems and pungent smell. We have plans to fill our 2.5 acres with lavender for all to visit and enjoy the beauty and smell of lavender. We also have a beautiful gazebo to sit in and view the fields, as well as a wild flower garden. In 2018 we are added helichrysum flowers (noted as the everlasting flower and reguivate skin cells) in two new field areas. We will be distilling this flower to make our skin cream in 2019.
So come on out to our farm and shop to enjoy "A Little Bit" of what we call Provence, France right here in Georgia!
Why is Lavender hard to grow: In Georgia it is very difficult to grow lavender due to our acidic thick clay soil, our abundant rainfall, high humidity, and very hot summers. Because of this, we cannot grow our lavender in the typical rows and rows of lavender you see in France. Lavender must be grown is garden sections and wider spaces between rows here in Georgia to provide more cooling air flow. We also must add amendments to our soil to provide better drainage and more work effort is also required to highly raise up the mounded rows where we plant our lavender and add those amendments. The high cost of growing lavender here in Georgia is a lot of work and cost, but we are in love with lavender and so are you, or you would not be checking out our site. And Because of you, we work hard to provide those beautiful purple blooms and that wonderful scent of lavender. So truly when you come here to our farm, be amazed at our miracle!
Lavender Types: There are over 450 different varieties and that there are lavender you can cook with and others that are best for lotions and bath products, but not good for tasting, and how to know the difference. Of the 450 different types of lavenders each has their own smell, taste, and color. Check out and sign up for our very popular Lavender 101 classes. We offer these in the spring.
Our Apiary: We also raise our own bees right here in our lavender field for the highest of all quality honey - "Lavender honey" and full lavender blooms. We just don't only infuse our honey we lavender, but also extract our lavender honey in late summer made by our bees! Our honey sells fast, because it taste so good!
We can't forget to mention our chickens that give us an array of fresh eggs daily!
Best Time to Visit: Actually all months are a wonder to visit the farm from early spring to late fall. Even without the blooms you can smell the calming lavender scent breeze in the air. Lavender blooms during the end of May with our culinary Angustifolias first and ending at the end of June with our Intermedias.
Cost: The cost to explore our farm is free most months, except during the month of June at $5.00 per person (ages 18 and up) while the intermedia lavender is in bloom.
Harvest Time: We have to harvest our beautiful lavender the last week of June and the first week of July to get the right time of bud bloom or the flowers will fall off and not have any lavender to sell. After cutting our lavender blooms we hang them up in our shop for drying. This is an amazing time to visit when the shop if full of lavender and looks like a shop of the olden apothecary shop from colonial days. It is a sight to behold.
Distilling: This begins just after harvest and runs a full week. If you are lucky enough you might see how we use our copper distiller and see the rich oil of lavender being collected to make our wonderful products for our shop. Our lavender is 100% pure unlike many other oils out there in the market. This means a savings for our customers since our lavender oil can be added to other oils (coconut oil, jojoba oil, etc...) to make it go further for you. We cut the middle man out, so our lavender oil is priced at a savings for our customers. We also label our lavender oil with the specific lavender plant it is distilled from, so you know exactly what you are getting and know it is of higher quality.
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Although we love animals, we do not allow pets at the farm due to our livestock on property.
Maintenance of lavender and fields are ongoing from spring to fall.
To read more about the blooming time in Georgia, please go here.
Hours: Wednesday - Friday 11 - 3 pm and Saturday 10 - 4 pm
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