Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Places to Visit ~ Lavender Ridge Farms

Gorgeous pink roses mixed in with tall lavender perennials.
Over the Memorial Day
weekend
My hubby and I took a drive out to 
Gainesville
to visit a lovely little farm ~
Lavender Ridge Farms...
A newly planted upper field on the farm.
Lavender Ridge Farms
2391 County Road 178
Gainesville, TX 76240
(940) 665-6938
www.lavenderridgefarms.com


I love the little tagline Lavender Ridge Farms
has on its flyers:
"An herb'n experience you can't get in the city!"
And they would be right!

Memorial Day weekend was warm up in Gainesville
but not blistering and our 20 minute drive 
up the freeway then another 10 miles
with some rights and lefts and some bumpy roads
brought us to the farm.

Plenty of parking and much of it shaded
was spread out over the farm.
Lots of folks were walking around
although it was the last day
of the annual three day lavender festival.
Some people were having lunch under
the shaded table area.
Others were picnicking out on the lawns.

Part of the lavender festival included
 crafters and vendors selling:

*lavender jams and jellies mixed with 
lime and other flavors
*handmade purses and bags
*handmade clothing
*repurposed vintage glassware made into
the cutest garden flowers and
melted into three dimensional
window frames
{I'm sorry I didn't get any picture but I was afraid the owners
would think I was trying to steal their ideas!  If anything, I would be
promoting them.  So, no photos from the vendor area.}
*wood crafts
*recycled and upcycled lamps made into
solar yard lamps {very clever!}


And, of course, there were lavender items
for sale, though all of the lavender plants
and most of the lavender products
had sold out during the festivals
previous two days.

These echinacea and plumeria were available and
I was tempted by both but decided to
pass until I see how my current plants
survive this summer's coming heat.
{maybe next year!}
:)


We had parked up above the lavender field at the top 
of the farm then worked our way down 
through the vendors tucked under the trees
arriving in a shaded area where some ducks and chickens
and four soft and cuddly looking lemurs were!
Isn't he cute?
{How they got four lemurs to live at their farm I don't know, but they looked
like they enjoyed being around all the people.  I kept thinking that I had a
cantaloupe in the car I could have cut up and fed them...}

Love this armillary!

Just beyond the animal area still heading left towards 
the farm's giftshop and restaurant we found 
this armillary amongst some greenhouses.

We made our way down to the rose and flower garden 
next where Hubby decided to take a seat in an 
obliging wooden chair underneath a shady tree.


This incredible lavender tree was situated up towards 
the main house and giftshop.  I don't know if it is a type
of lavender but it sure was pretty and blooming like
anything!



The lower fields are set up with a large
arbor entrance flanked by two potted junipers
where visitors pass into the garden over
a planked footbridge.
This steps right down onto the garden's
pathways with these gorgeous pink roses
everywhere!
Since I haven't seen many pink roses growing here 
in this part of North Texas
I looked to see if any of them had name tags
but alas I didn't find any.
:(

I did find lots of blue salvia, many perennials and
a host of annuals planted among the Spanish
and English lavender plants.

Next time my friend Julie from the park
wants to come up and have lunch as 
they serve lavender tea sandwiches
lavender scones
and other lavender treats
like lavender sorbet.

In the fall the lavender farm has several 
events going on so do make plans to 
come on out for a visit.

Really a lovely lavender
time!
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