21 June . 2018
Grown in the Hill Country: Lavender is thriving in Central Texas
Our “Grown in the Hill Country” series continues with a focus on lavender, which thrives in the Hill Country’s naturally alkaline soil and dry climate.
In recent years, a number of popular lavender farms have sprouted in Hill Country towns surrounding Rancho Sienna, and lavender seems to do especially well in the Fredericksburg and Blanco areas.
Hill Country Lavender in Blanco was the first commercial lavender farm in the area. The blooming season for lavender lasts from late spring until early summer, but lavender-lovers will find good reasons to visit at any time of the year, since Hill Country Lavender and other farms offer year ‘round events such as seminars, and take-home goods ranging from culinary lavender to bath and body products. Pick-your-own lavender is available when the harvest permits.
Becker Vineyards in Stonewall is becoming as well-known for its beautiful lavender fields as its wines.
Rough Creek Lavender Fields, located just outside of Wimberley, is also a working horse ranch, providing another point of interest for visitors.
Lavender Lane Farms, located near Blanco, uses free-range chickens to naturally keep pests away from the lavender, and their eggs are available for sale along with a wide range of lavender products.
Get more information on Hill Country lavender farms from this helpful guide at TexasHillCountry.com.
Lavender fields in bloom are a sight as beautiful as the Hill Country’s famous wildflowers, and there are also many health reasons to enjoy lavender, which has been prized for millennia for its soothing and antiseptic properties. It’s also a great addition to culinary creations like teas and cookies, and it makes a great shampoo and flea remedy for pets.
Here are some more great benefits of lavender from Prevention magazine, along with ways to enjoy this fragrant and healing plant:
- Lavender helps to relieve anxiety and boost your mood. You can use it for everything from aromatherapy to making a beautiful and fragrant lavender wreath.
- Lavender’s antibacterial properties make for a great homemade hand sanitizer.
- Lavender makes a delicious secret ingredient for refreshing lemonade.
- Lavender is well-known for its ability to help you sleep better. Buy a lavender sachet or some lavender tea from one of the local farms, or make your own.
- Keep moths away naturally with lavender, and throw away those smelly mothballs, which contain toxic pesticides. Lavender sachets also do double-duty by keeping your clothes and linens smelling fresh and clean.
Interested in more things to enjoy around Rancho Sienna? Explore the area with our guide to Local Flavor.
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