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. Little did I know that experts said that lavender cannot grow in Georgia. But after I saw a photo of the purple lavender and it took my breath away I had to learn how to make this plant grow here in the South.
Lavender was truly more than just a feast for the eyes. My research found out that it is an antibacterial and anti fungal. No wonder its been used for over 6,000 years! I had to find out what lavender needs were and mimic this in our fields. We grow in test grades and raise up our rows so high for drainage. After 6 years of trying, we now grow approximately 2,000 lavender plants of over twenty different varieties of lavender.
Last year we are added helichrysum flowers (noted as the everlasting flower and rejuvenate skin cells) in two new field areas. We will be distilling this flower to make our skin cream in 2019. Our sunflowers and wild flowers are always an extra treat and we are adding red poppies with our contrast of our purple lavender should be amazing. Last fall we planted gourmet garlic! This spring we are planting Loofahs! We are so excited with our expansion to make this farm very special. So if you get a chance come out to visit us and come learn what miracles we have here. "A Little Bit" of what we call Provence, France right here in Georgia! We would love to meet and share our stories with you.
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 adult while the 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 Lavender Oil: 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 carrier oils to make it go further for you. We never use the synthetic fragrances, and we use our own farm grown lavender to provide you with the freshest lavender possible. 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 the best quality.
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Tina McCain - "The Lavender shop has a wonderful selection of different types of products. And it smells heavenly in and outside the shop!"
DeeDee Jackson - "We visited about a month ago. I bought the shampoo and conditioner. I cannot tell you the difference it has made with my hair. It is so soft. I, over 40 and my hair had become so coarse. I tried expensive product after another and nothing worked. Your lavender shampoo and conditioner have simply amazed me. Please don't stop making this. Will be back soon to get a stock pile."
If you have your pet with you when you visit please be sure to keep them on a leash, since we have chickens. Thanks!
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Hours: Wednesday - Friday 11 - 3 pm and Saturday 10 - 4 pm
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