Once again, it’s Lavender Festival time on the Olympic Peninsula in Sequim, Washington. I attended the festival this past weekend and, as usual, had a terrific time! There are actually two festivals: the Lavender Festival Street Fair, and the Lavender in the Park Faire, which takes place at Carrie Blake Park. There are lavender farm tours included as well, some with paid bus tours and some that are self-guided. I didn’t have time to take any farm tours. There is so much to take in on the festival sites themselves. Not only are there myriads of wonderful lavender products to indulge in, but also scores of unique and one-of-a-kind arts and crafts as well.
For those not familiar with Sequim (pronounced Squim), it is the lavender capital of North America. The area lies just north of the Olympic Mountains and is situated on the north coast of the Olympic Peninsula. So yes, choose between beautiful landscapes of either forests and mountains or the coastline. They even have their own resident herd of elk! And, another interesting fact about the area is the weather. Sequim lies in the rain shadow of the Olympic Mountains and receives an average of 15 inches of rain per year, making for ideal growing conditions for lavender.
I took my trusty camera along with me as usual and took some photos of the gardens in Carrie Blake park. Planted are several varieties of lavender along with other colorful flowers. Enjoy!
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