The moment you come across the word ‘lavender’ you immediately visualize that flower that carries its color as its name. Majority of us also remember the fragrance of lavender. Lavender cultivation’s main purpose is to extract its aromatic oil that is used as one of the raw materials in making perfumes, soaps, talcum powder, scented candles, and room fresheners. Lavender is extensively grown across Europe, India, Africa, and U.K. Today, we will go around some of the most beautiful Lavender Fields around the world. By fields, I mean acres and acres of attractively laid lavender fields that are targeted location for film-makers and photographers.
Lavender Fields, Provence, France
Provence is located at the southern end of France, about 150 km from Cannes, the famous city that hosts the International Film festival every year. Another big city of France, the Lyon is located 290 km north of Provence.
Provence is full of pine forests, lavender fields, vineyards, pink salt marshes, and olive groves.
Some of the well-known towns and cities of Provence are:
- Aix en Provence
Travel during June, July, and August to feast your eyes on the large tracts of lavender fields.
When you are in Provence, do not forget to go to Valensole Plateau, to see a healthy growth of lavender flowers.
Lavender Fields, Banstead, Surrey, UK
Next to France, I believe the United Kingdom is the largest producer of lavender flowers. In fact, I would say, the U.K. may rank as number one in the world for lavender cultivation.
The 25-acre Lavender Fields in Barnstead, Surrey is only 30 minutes train ride from central London.
If you ever get a chance to visit the Barnstead Lavender Farm in Surrey, U.K. during the blooming season, visit the café and shop inside the farm to taste ‘panini’ a grilled sandwich , lavender cream tea and their home-made cake.
Castle Lavender Fields, Shoreham, Kent, UK
Castle lavender fields are located in North Kent, about 32 km from central London. Apart from lavender, the Castle Farm in Kent also produces apples. In the farm’s shop, one can buy the following healthy and fresh farm products:
- Apple juice
- Dried flowers
- Lavender products such as lavender oil, lavender tea
I suppose the lavender flowers bloom from June to August in U.K. and Europe; hence plan your lavender safari accordingly.
Lavender Farm Hertfordshire, U.K.
This U.K. lavender farm is large, runs up to 40 km!
When you visit this big lavender farm in U.K., you can buy lavender based cosmetics such as hand and body lotions, body-wash creams and soaps, and massage oils.
The lavender fields in Herts (as it is also known) are about 25 km from central London.
The most popular lavender product in the world is the ‘Lavender Potpourri, a deodorizer that is kept among clothes and books.