What a FABULOUS day it was!
We headed  off to Bennett, North Carolina which is just about in the middle of the state, which is also about an hour southwest of where I live.
The weather was perfect: low humidity, sunny with high, wispy clouds, very comfortable temperature… all the ingredients for a perfect day in the lavender fields!
The story that attracted us was from Our State magazine.
“The Lavender Plan:  “On a back-road farm in Bennett, Norma Burns finds strength in a field of purple plants”. 

I urge you to read the story and to read about this amazingly strong woman (who is, I might add, smart, energetic, attractive, knowledgeable.. and the list goes on!).

You can find Norma at: Bluebird Hill Farm

So off we went to the lavender harvest here in North Carolina.
I was curious as to why it is so early when in Provence it takes place the end
of July. Norma enlightened me. She grows only “Grosso” lavender as it can
take the humidity of the South, and it is always harvested in June.
Norma’s house (she was an architect in her previous life) as seen from the fields
This pond is NOT for swimming..but great to photograph
Pond as seen through Queen Anne’s Lace

sorry about the formatting here… aarghh…I’ve spent hours now trying to fix
whatever is wrong!

Anyway, last but not least, is the video I put together:



  1. Love lavender, love this post. Lucky you!!! Wonderful pictures.

  2. What a lovely place, Libby. I've lived in NC practically my whole life and never even knew that lavender could be grown here!

  3. What an enchanting place! I love lavender and used to grow some when we lived in northwest Indiana. I had a large garden that ran the length of our house and had about 6 or 7 plants that were HUGE! By July, I was already cutting some of it and hanging it to dry. There is nothing sweeter than the smell of lavender!

    Thanks so much for sharing your photos and the video!

  4. What a fun field trip! 🙂 I loved seeing the bundles of lavender hanging on the ladder. There's another lavender farm just north of Hillsborough on Hwy 57 called Sunshine Lavender Farm. I know they also harvest in June or July and I believe they hold harvest events, though I've yet to go. Perhaps this year?

    Take care,

  5. A lovely and ultimately inspiring story – thanks for sharing, Libby, and for the links.

  6. LOVE lavender – reminds me of Provence!

  7. LOVE lavender – reminds me of Provence!