The hot summer sun brings lavender to its peak, sweetly coaxing fields of purple buds into blossoms that release the herb’s signature intoxicating, heady scent. Experience it at one of the many lavender festivals around the country.
-June 10-11 Blanco Lavender Festival, Blanco, Texas (45 minutes west of Austin). www.blancolavenderfestival.com
-June 16-18 Pennsylvania Lavender Festival, Fairfield, Pennsylvania
(10 minutes west of Gettysburg). www.palavenderfestival.com
-June 17-18 Sonoma Lavender Festival, Kenwood, California (90 minutes northeast of San Francisco). www.sonomalavender.com
-July 14-16 Sequim Lavender Festival, Sequim, Washington (45 minutes west of Port Townsend). www.lavenderfestival.com
-July 15-16 Pelindaba Lavender Harvest Festival, San Juan Island, Washington (midway between Seattle and Vancouver, British Columbia). www.pelindaba.com