Landscape Literacy

Day Trip Series – Blooming Hill Gardens

Looking for a great way to kick off summer? Blooming Hill Gardens, located in Purcellville, Virginia, hosts their 3rd annual Lavender Festival this weekend.

Blooming Hill is a small lavender farm of four acres set in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The ‘farmlet’ boasts over 600 beautiful lavender plants in almost fifty different varieties and a gift shop with home grown lavender products. Lavender is a widely used herbal medicine, known for its soothing scent that can calm nerves or relieve anxiety. It can also help relieve headache, migraines, and insomnia. But it’s also a vibrant perennial that is in full bloom generally from June through August. Although usually associated with shades of blue and purple, plants are also available in white, pink, mauve, and even yellow.

At Blooming Hill, you can wander through purple fields swaying in the breeze and pick your own lavender. Bouquets are 15 cents/stem or $12.00/bundle of 75 stems. Make-your-own lavender wand is $10.0/person. The Lavender Festival boasts lavender-infused teas served in the gardens, tours, lectures, and vendors. Admission is free and the festival will take place rain or shine.  The festival runs from June 9 through June 10, 10AM to 5PM. You can also visit Blooming Hill anytime from mid-April to Mid-December on Fridays and Saturdays. It is a great day trip outside of the DC area for all types of garden enthusiasts and adventurers. For an address and contact information, visit Blooming Hill’s website.

 

Photo courtesy of Blooming Hill Garden.