By Diane Urbani de la Paz
Peninsula Daily News
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The growers association has organized the 17th Sequim Lavender Festival Street Fair on Fir Street between Sequim and Third avenues downtown and free self-guided tours of six farms.
The street fair will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. today and Saturday, and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.
The growers association's tour includes Blackberry Forest, Martha Lane Lavender, Nelson's Duckpond & Lavender Farm, Oliver's Lavender Farm, Peninsula Nurseries and The Lavender Connection.
Farms will be open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. today through Sunday.
The growers association website is at www.lavenderfestival.com.
The Sequim Lavender Farmers Association has organized the Sequim Lavender Arts & Crafts Faire in the Park and ticketed tours of six farms.
The fair is from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. today and Saturday, and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at Carrie Blake Park, 202 N. Blake Ave.
Northwest gardening expert Ciscoe Morris will give a presentation at 11:15 a.m. today.
Musical acts will take the stage at the James Center for the Performing Arts throughout the weekend.
The fair will include lavender booths, juried crafts, food vendors, hot air balloons and activities from Morning Star Balloons, the Washington Tractor Antique Tractor and Logging Exhibit, and a Kids Faire
The farmers association's Heritage Lavender Farm Tour will take visitors to Jardin du Soleil Lavender Farm, Lost Mountain Lavender Farm, Olympic Lavender Farm, Purple Haze Lavender Farm, Victor's Lavender Farm and Washington Lavender.
Farms will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today through Sunday.
Tickets are $15 during the weekend, with active duty military tickets $10, and kids 12 and younger will be admitted for free.
The farmers association website is www.sequimlavenderfarmersassociation.org.
The city has designated the activities of both the farmers and growers associations as Sequim Lavender Weekend at http://tinyurl.com/lavenderweekend.
— Peninsula Daily News
SEQUIM — Turn the corner, and there it is: a mass of purple, virtually glowing under the sun.
That's the experience this valley offers: the herb at its fragrant peak, in shades light and deep, bees providing a faint hum across the field.
Mike and Julie Greenhaw are one of the valley's lavender love stories. They found an old tree farm just west of Sequim in 2005, established 3,200 lavender plants there and have since grown Martha Lane Lavender, one of the farms on the free Lavender Growers Association tour.
The three-day Lavender Weekend starting today, Mike said, is “the fastest three days of my life,” with visitors to the field and the store, in the front room of the Greenhaw home.
“Julie and I meet people from all over the world. That's one of the best attributes of having a lavender farm,” according to Mike, who heads the growers association.
Lavender Weekend has four major elements:
-- The Lavender Farm Faire Heritage Farm Tour of six farms, each a festival of its own, with tickets at $15, $10 for active military and free for children 12 and younger;
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday.
-- The Lavender Arts & Crafts Faire at Carrie Blake Park, free, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. today and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at 202 N. Blake Ave.
-- The growers association's Street Fair, free from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. today and Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, on Fir Street in downtown Sequim.
-- The growers association's Sequim Lavender Festival Farms on Tour, a free circuit that includes five farms and a nursery.
The first two events are presented by the Lavender Farmers Association, the group that separated from the growers association in 2011.
Mike Greenhaw believes in “moving on” from the divisions between the two groups.
“We're not looking to get rich,” he added. “We just want to have fun.”
The same feeling is found on the other side of Sequim, where Jordan and Paul Schiefen are the relatively new owners of Jardin du Soleil Lavender.
They purchased the fields and farmhouse on Lavender Weekend 2011, and yes, “we're talking to people from all over the world” daily, said Jordan.
Here are the locations on the Heritage Farm Tour; all have tour tickets for sale:
-- Jardin du Soleil, 3932 Sequim-Dungeness Way.
-- Lost Mountain Lavender, 1541 Taylor Cutoff Road.
-- Olympic Lavender Farm, 1432 Marine Drive.
-- Purple Haze, 180 Bell Bottom Road.
-- Victor's Lavender, 3743 Old Olympic Highway.
-- Washington Lavender, 965 Finn Hall Road.
The Sequim Lavender Festival's Farms on Tour circuit, meanwhile, includes these growers of lavender and other crops:
-- Blackberry Forest, 136 Forest Road (off West Sequim Bay Road).
-- Nelson's Duckpond & Lavender, 73 Humble Hill Road (off Hooker Road).
-- Martha Lane Lavender, 371 Martha Lane (off Kitchen-Dick Road).
-- Oliver's Lavender, 82 Cameron Acres Lane.
-- The Lavender Connection, 1141 Cays Road.
-- Peninsula Nurseries, 1060 Sequim-Dungeness Way.
-- Graysmarsh Farm, 6187 Woodcock Road.
Sunshine Herb & Lavender Farm at 274154 U.S. Highway 101 is open to the public but is not listed on either association's tour.
A free shuttle bus will circulate around Sequim to take passengers to and from downtown at Second Avenue and Washington Street, the QFC lot at 990 E. Washington St., the Arts & Crafts Faire at Carrie Blake Park, the Street Fair stop at Second Avenue and Alder Street, and the J.C. Penney lot at 651 W. Washington St.
The bus also will serve two other events: the Sunbonnet Sue Quilt Show and Driftwood Sculptors Art Show at Sequim Middle School, 301 W. Hendrickson Road, and the Sequim Farmers Market, which just changed its name from the Sequim Open Aire Market, on Saturday and Sunday only at Second Avenue and Cedar Street.
This year, there won't be buses taking visitors to all farms on the Heritage Farm Tour. Just one shuttle, though, will transport people between the Arts & Crafts Faire in the park and Purple Haze farm on Bell Bottom Road.
For more information about lavender activities and attractions, visit http://tinyurl.com/lavenderweekend.
Features Editor Diane Urbani de la Paz can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 5062, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.