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With our warm, dry summers and mild winters, lavender (Lavandula) grows well in gardens in Southern Oregon; indeed, some local farmers have made lavender their principle crop. So it is that during the months of June and July, residents and visitors experience the aromatic and visual delights to be found along the Southern Oregon Lavender Trail in the picturesque Applegate Valley.

This July, participating lavender growers will host their annual festival featuring all things lavender on July 13-15. Special events during the festival’s two weekends draw thousands of lavender lovers who pick their own bouquets, make lavender wands and wreaths, and take classes on how to cook with lavender and how to distill and use essential oils.

The festival also features music and a variety of locally made and lavender-inspired food and beverages, soaps, lotions and crafts, not to mention the pastoral surroundings—a haven of small farms dotting the foothills of the pine-studded Siskiyou Mountains.

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