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Lavender Fields in Southern California

There’s nothing quite like walking through a fragrant field of lavender. In Southern California, there are a few farms where you can do just that! The lavender farms in California typically begin to open for the public in June when the lavender is at peak. Some varieties start blooming as early as late May. Many farms also sell their own lavender products, and some allow you to pick your own lavender to take home with you. If you’re thinking of visiting any of the lavender fields in Southern California read my guide below for more information about the various lavender farms to visit.

woman smelling lavender bouquet on lavender field

Please note that due to COVID-19 lavender fields in California are operating a bit differently. I have made a note about any changes or things to consider when visiting.

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Lavender Fields in Southern California

123 Farm – Cherry Valley

1.5 hours east of Downtown LA
1 hour north of San Diego

10600 Highland Springs Ave
Cherry Valley, CA 92223

2020 season: June 6 – July 19
Operating Hours: Wednesday-Sunday, 10 am-5 pm, closed Monday and Tuesday
Admission/Fees:
Adults – $8
Seniors (65+) & Healthcare workers (ID required) – $7
Children (5 years old+) – $4
Free Under 5 years old
*All guests are required to purchase tickets online prior to their visit. No tickets are available at the door.

COVID Notes: Tickets are limited to preserve safe distancing and for the well-being of our guests and employees. Guests are required to wear a mask or other face, however, a mask is not required while walking in the fields. All facilities including restrooms are closed. To promote safe distancing tickets are available in time slots.

123 Farm is one of the closest lavender farms to Los Angeles that is open to the public. It is also the largest certified organic lavender farm in Southern California with over 20 acres of lavender. 123 Farm mainly grows Provence, Vera, and Munstead. The Provence and Vera varieties typically begin to bloom in mid-June and the Munstead usually begins to bloom around the end of May.

Lavender products, along with food and beverages are sold on-site. 123 Farm hosts other events throughout the year including an olive festival, sourdough festival, and sheep shearing event.

woman twirling in white dress lavender farm

Fork & Plow Lavender Farm – Aguanga

2 hours southeast of Downtown LA
1.5 hours north of San Diego
43601 Sorensen Rd.
Aguanga, CA 92536

2020 season: Until July 18th
Opening hours: 11 am – 3 pm select Saturdays only
Admission/Fees:
Weekend Picnics – starting at $28
U-Pick – $10 each person
Lavender Field Photography session – $75 for a one-hour private session
Advanced reservations are required.

COVID Notes: The Farm Shop at Fork & Plow Farm is open with very limited capacity and shoppers must wear a mask. Shopping can also be done via your smart device at your reserved table if you’re joining one of their weekend picnics and they’ll bring your order to you!

 

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Fork & Plow Lavender Farm is located approximately 30 minutes from Temecula. The farm is open for “U-Pick Lavender” and “Weekend Picnics” on select Saturdays until July 18th. You must have a reservation so make sure to book as soon as you can as seating is limited. Outside food is not allowed for weekend picnics, but it is BYOB and you’re welcome to bring a bottle of wine! Private one-hour photography sessions are also available.

Keys Creek Lavender Farm – Valley Center

2 hours southeast of Downtown LA
1 hour north of San Diego
12460 Keys Creek Road
Valley Center, CA 92082

2020 season: currently not open to the public however you can enjoy a virtual tour of the property.
Opening hours: N/A
Admission/Fees: N/A

COVID Notes: The farm has decided to postpone all upcoming events due to the threat of COVID-19

 

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Keys Creek is a privately-owned organic lavender farm that grows many varieties of lavender. They distill and use lavender in their products. The farm is unfortunately closed for the season however you can enjoy a magical stay on the property in one of their yurts or the cottage available on Airbnb. They are also offering products for online purchase. If you’re local to the area you can schedule a pick-up.

Clairmont Farm Lavender Co – Los Olivos

40 mins west of Santa Barbara
2 hours northeast of Downtown LA
2480 Roblar Avenue
Los Olivos,  California, 93441

2020 season: The farm is open all year long but their peak bloom season usually ends around mid-late July.
Opening hours:  Friday – Sunday, 11 am-4 pm
Pick-ups may be scheduled by appointment outside regular hours
Admission/Fees: No entrance fee
You are welcome to visit, shop, and use the picnic area.

COVID Notes: The farm is practicing social distancing and has protocols in place. They have an outside table for easy access to their products.

 

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Clairmont Farm is a family-owned organic lavender farm located in the Santa Ynez Valley. They grow Grosso and Provence variety of lavender. The fields have a beautiful backdrop of the Santa Ynez Mountains and large 300-year old oak trees on the grounds. Visitors are welcome to walk the fields, have a picnic, and shop in their boutique. They are a kid-friendly and dog-friendly farm.

Frog Creek Farm – Ojai

1 hour west of Santa Barbara
1.5 hours northeast of Downtown LA
10924 N Ojai Rd
Ojai, CA 93023

2020 season: June 20 – July 5th
Opening hours: 9 am-1 pm, Saturdays and Sundays only. No appointment is necessary.
Admission/Fees: No entrance fee
‘U-pick’ $7 per bundle
Cash or credit card accepted

COVID Notes: Social distancing must be practiced and masks are required. Please bring your own basket and scissors if you’re picking lavender.

 

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The Frog Creek Farm property sits on seven acres and the lavender farm itself is one acre and has 600 plants. Lavender products are sold on-site. You can contact the owner, Christel for additional information regarding a lavender field photoshoot, private events, and tours.

Ojai Lavender Farms – Santa Paula

1 hour south of Santa Barbara
1.5 hours north of Downtown LA
11550 Topa Vista Road
Santa Paula, CA 93060

2020 season: Not specified
Opening hours: By appointment only
Admission/Fees: $10.00 fee per group
*The fee goes towards purchases and bundles

COVID Notes: Due to restrictions the farm can only accept visitors by appointment only.

Located in the Upper Ojai Valley is Ojai Lavender Farms, an eco-friendly farm using sustainable and organic methods for growing and harvesting lavender. The farm grows many varieties including Grosso, Provence, French Grey, Royal Velvet, Hidcote Giant, Golden Lavender, Phenomenal, Vera, Sweet, Fred Boutin, and Sweet. You can also shop online.

What to Bring

If you’re visiting one of the lavender fields in California you’ll want to take a few things with you. Sun protection is a must! Consider bringing a hat and wearing sunscreen. Be aware that there are usually a lot of bees on the field so if you’re allergic do take your EpiPen and consider wearing some bee repellant. Some farms sell beverages but do consider taking a water bottle with you. You’ll be in the hot sun and will want to stay hydrated.

If you’re planning to cut your own lavender during a ‘u-pick’ session you may want to take your own clippers, a basket, and gardening gloves if you prefer.

Hat
Sunscreen
Bee repellant
Water bottle

Optional if cutting lavender:

Clippers
Basket
Gardening gloves

Lavender Field Photoshoot

Timing

If you booked a lavender field photography session or just planning to snaps some pics while walking in the fields you may want to plan out your session. Consider booking a time that is either in the early morning or late afternoon when the sun isn’t so strong. Some farms only operate during the day so keeping your back to the sun will help avoid harsh shadows. Candid shots work well especially if your eyes are sensitive to the light and tend to squint.

What to Wear

Think about what you’re going to wear. Bright colors such as yellow, orange, and pink give your photos pop. If you want to stand out consider colors that compliment the purple and blue tones. Jewel tones like bright blue and emerald green can blend into the lavender. However, I find these tones work well when there’s a pattern.

Pastels give a more soft, whimsical look and white. And light tones with delicate sheer fabrics such as lace and tulle can give it an ethereal look. Using props like a parasol, straw hat, straw basket, or lavender bouquet compliment just about any outfit!

Camera Angles

Last, play with the angles. If there are rows of lavender you can take photos in between the rows straight on so you can clearly see the rows. Or you can place your camera at an angle so that it appears that you’re behind the lavender. Try kneeling or sitting to get the lavender at various heights.

woman in blue dress lavender farm

I hope you enjoyed my Southern California lavender farm guide. Enjoy the lavender!

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