For the Love of Lake County Lavender

For the Love of Lake County LavenderBob UlasLake County Visitors Bureau

What started as 10 lavender plants cultivated in an effort to bring back pollinator bees to a 48-acre farm (harvesting flowers and fruits) has today transformed into a full-scale farming operation growing 2,500 lavender plants.

Luvin Lavender Farms, a family-owned farm in Madison Township (east of Downtown), offers a unique and rather aromatic experience for those visiting Lake County, Ohio.

Adorned in various shades of whites, pinks, violets and purples, the thousands of lavender plants that cover the farm are actually from 16 distinct varieties -- each one boasting its own particular fragrance.

As a member of the United States Lavender Growers Association, Luvin strives to introduce an increasing interest of the amazing properties of lavender. After all, lavender is said to calm nerves, help you sleep, provide antibacterial properties and it even tastes pretty good, too.

Good thing the farm operates a gift shop featuring handmade natural products from its own lavender plants including essential oils, soaps, lotions, shampoos and potpourri.

When to visit? Luvin Lavender opens the farm in the summertime during its peak bloom season, which runs from the middle of June to the end of July. The most spectacular bloom time, however, starts just after July 4.

But, if you want to get the full effect, visit during the Third Annual Lavender Festival with Art in the Garden July 16 from 10am-6pm. Included in the day's festivities are crafting classes, culinary samplings, pick-your-own-lavender opportunities, yoga and even beekeeping lessons.