If you’ve ever imagined being in a field of sweet-smelling flowers and looking at purple as far as the eye can see, then Lavender fields are for you!
There are several fields like that in Michigan that I will talk about, and maybe at the end of this article, you will decide to visit some of them.
Why Visit One of Michigan’s Lavender Farms?
In addition to its lush flowers, some lavender fields have gift shops where you can purchase honey, tea and lemonade made with their lavender, handcrafted lavender products, bath and beauty products, essential oil, linen sprays, and of course bouquet of fresh lavender flowers.
They are perfect for family trips, romantic dates or just peaceful escapes from a bustling city, and because they are close by you can visit more than one in a day!
Lavender Hill Farm, Boyne City
One of the largest commercial lavender farms in Michigan, Lavender Hill Farm has been open since 2003, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily, from May to October.
The farm offers quite a lot of things!
You can meditate in the lavender labyrinth, have a guided golf cart tours of the property for $4 per person, explore 23 varieties of lavender on the farm’s 33 acres, hand cut your own bouquet, and visit the gift shop where you can find spa and bath products, a variety of foods made with lavender like lavender jelly, simple syrup, cookies, beverages, balsamic vinegar, and even Moomers ice cream.
It is arranged in different plots, with each plot having a different name and the flowers vary in both color and flavor. There is white, purple, and pink lavender on the property.
Not only is this a lavender farm, there is also a special remodeled 100-year-old barn for organizing events. Lavender Hill Farm hosts yoga, painting, movie nights with families, Friday night festivals and live music.
Except for lavender fields, this farm offers 35-foot-deep sunflower patches, a purveyor of lavender wine and a bee hive sanctuary with 9 hives and between 80,000-100,000 honey bees.
Indigo Lavender Farms, Imlay City
One of the closest lavender farms to the Detroit area is the Indigo Lavender Farms. It is a nearly 20-acre, woman-owned family farm with 14,000 lavender plants.
You can find it at 613 North Cedar Street, and it’s open to visitors from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday to Friday, and is most active from May to October.
The farm sells chamomile tea, oil, honey and a variety of bath and beauty products all made with lavender.
One-hour farm tours are available for $5/person from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. To schedule a tour, call 810-417-0909.
Cherry Point Farm & Market, Shelby
The Cherry Point Farm is located on 9600 W. Buchanan Road, and is open from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. weekends only in April, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily in May through October, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. on weekends in June, and extended hours in July and August, but you can always check their website to be up to date. There is even a place called Hart House Bed & Breakfast to stay nearby!
This farm’s lavender is usually in bloom from mid- to late July with color lasting into August. It is a beautiful life-like maze of flowers! A visit to Cherry Point Farm wouldn’t be complete without wandering around the labyrinth, where you can always find something in bloom in the herb garden. Don’t forget to try their own special cherry pie!
Summerhouse Lavender Farm, Fennville
Visit this one acre garden from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Thursday – Sunday on 2975 65th Street packed with 825 lavender plants of seven varieties. Additionally, you can explore the rock gardens, perennials, and birch trees around the property. The farm also sells lavender honey, candles, essential oils, and bath products.
Harbor View Nursery & Lavender Farm, Traverse City
Located on Traverse City’s Old Mission Peninsula, 17770 Center Road, this field is called Harbor View Lavender Farm. It’s open from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Daily, April – October and offers tours for $10/person. On this tour you can see a 130-year-old barn (and even go inside of it), get a taste of lavender lemonade and get educated about the many uses of lavender. You even get a 10% discount off a $15 purchase of lavender plants or products, not a bad deal, right?
If one day is not enough to marvel in the sight of this field, then you can always stay at Cherry Tree Inn & Suites.
Shades of Lavender Farm, Mattawan
The Shades of Lavender Farm, located outside of Kalamazoo in Mattawan, 47222 24th Street, allows visitors to explore its lavender field and cut their own bundle. You can also purchase hand-crafted products, including candles and bath products. The farm also hosts classes on making soap, lavender wands, lavender wreaths, food, and drink.
It’s open from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Tuesday to Thursday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Sundays.
Lavender Hill Farm of Niles, Niles
On 1219 Morris Drive you can find the Lavender Hill Farm of Niles in Southwest Michigan that’s 1.25 acre wide with 4,000 lavender plants you can see from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Wednesday – Saturday
The Hill farm has a shop with lavender essential oil, fragrant lavender water, and lavender honey that’s all farm made! They even offer crafting classes throughout the summer and special events.
You can rest at the Harvest Bed and Breakfast Inn.
A Small Reminder
Before you visit these beautiful fields, remember: if you have seasonal allergies, take your allergy medication with you, and if you are allergic to bee stings, carry an EpiPen just in case, because some of these farms have a lot of bees!
Sunscreen, hat, glasses, closed-toe shoes or even boots are a good idea, too! I hope some of this information is or will be of use to you. If you decide to visit a Lavender field, don’t forget to enjoy the view and have fun!