Local's guide to the best lavender fields in Oregon

Lavender in Oregon is blooming again! Did you believe that the endless, purple blooming carpets of lavender can only be found in France + the most beautiful lavender fields are located in Valensole? That’s only half the truth! Lavender doesn’t only grow in Europe, but also in the US.

The PNW provides the perfect climate for all kinds of flowers and of course also the purple, fragrant herb. That’s the reason why you can find many lavender fields in Oregon. Some lavender farms are located very close to Portland, others are spread out to the Hood River and the Tualatin Valley. Read this guide to find the lavender field closest to you and the lavender farm that provides majestic views of Mt. Hood.

lavender fields in Oregon

The best lavender fields in Oregon

Around 20 lavender farms, producing essential oil for soaps, lotions, etc. are located close to Portland, Oregon. You can stop by the lavender farms of Hillsboro, Willamette, and Tualatin Valley to buy lavender plants or u-cut your own bouquet.

The most beautiful lavender fields though are located a bit further away from the city: 50 miles / 80 km East in the Hood River Valley. If you don’t mind driving a bit longer the Hood River Lavender Farm and Lavender Valley will not only reward you with a carpet of purple shades. Lavender Valley is THE lavender farm in Oregon that’s famous for the majestic view of Mount Hood in the backdrop. Its peak is snow-capped still in summer, which makes the scenery even more iconic. And the drive along the Columbia River Gorge is anyways worth it, no matter the final destination.

lavender field in Oregon with snow-capped Mount Hood in the distance
Lavender Valley Farm with backdrop of Mt. Hood

Lavender Valley Oregon – majestic views of Mt. Hood

Lavender Valley offers U-pick flowers, picnic options and classes how to harvest different varieties of lavender, how to distill essential oil, and make the botanical products right on the farm.

One of the most beautiful lavender fields in Oregon: Lavender Valley
walking through the lavender field at Lavender Valley
address: 5965 Boneboro Road | Mt Hood Parkdale, Oregon 97041
opening hours: mid May until mid October 10am – 5pm daily

Hood River Lavender Farms

The 14-year-old Lavender farm grows over 80 varieties of lavender, steam distills their lavender to produce pure fine essential oil to manufacture bath and beauty products, including handmade lavender soap, aromatherapy items, lavender culinary products, tea, and decorative, dried lavender flowers. Hood River Lavender Farms also hosts the yearly Lavender DAZE Festival in mid-July.

address: 3823 Fletcher Dr Hood River, Oregon 97031
opening hours: Monday – Saturday: 10am – 5pm / Sunday: 11am - 5pm

Wayward Winds Lavender

Wayward Winds Lavender is the largest U-pick lavender farm in Oregon. It’s located in the Oregon Wine Country, only half an hour Southwest of Portland. It’s one of the most lovely lavender Farms in Oregon to visit especially if you want to take some great lavender pictures. Their farm stand, vintage furniture, and oldtimer + the lavender maze are great motifs. For professional photoshoots, you can book an appointment ($40 venue fee / 2-3 hours). Wayward Winds Lavender also offers lavender wreath workshops

address: 17005 NE Courtney Rd, Newberg, OR 97132 
opening hours: daily in July from 10 am - 5 pm

More lavender fields & festivals near Portland

Lavender fields near Bend

Lavender farms in Southern Oregon

  • Growing Miracles Lavender Garden, Roseburglavender festival & farm tours July 9th, 10th & 11th
  • Lavender Ally, Roque Riverlavender farm & shop
  • Lavender Fields Forever, Jacksonvillelavender festival weekends: June 25th – 27th & July 16th -18th (10 am – 5 pm)
  • The English Lavender Farm, Applegatelavender farm open in June & July Friday through Monday
  • Pelindaba Lavender, Ashlandlavender farm open May through October

When is the lavender season in Oregon?

Lavender blooms in summer. Most farms in Oregon have a dedicated lavender festival coming up in June and July to celebrate the purple herbs. It’s easiest to check the farm’s websites for opening hours, U-Cut times, and the festivals, or head to Lavender Northwest to check out their Destination Guide. If you don’t fancy the celebrations and want to take some pictures, I recommend planning your visit during the week. I went to Lavender Valley in August last year and was surprised to find the location so lonesome. Probably a combination of being late in the season, coming on a weekday and driving to the lavender field furthest away from Portland (around 50 miles / 80 km).

relaxing at a lavender farm with spectacular mountain views
relaxing at Lavender Valley Oregon

Lavender fields photography

Most lavender farms in Oregon close around 5 pm. If you want to visit the lavender fields to shoot during golden hour, you most likely need to book a photo shoot. Lavender Valley even offers photography classes for photographers and interested visitors. The downside: It costs up to 100$ per hour and sometimes requires a minimum of 2 hours. So it can get pricy and you should definitely check with the lavender farm on price, conditions, and availability before driving there.

lavender fields photography and photoshootings in lavender fields: act responsibly
be careful while walking through lavender fields – bees are everywhere!

Lavender field etiquette

Most important: Watch out for the bees! They love the sweet nectar as much as we love the purple shades. So be extremly careful, especially when walking through the narrow paths in between the lavender rows. Act responsively and respectful with the plants. Don’t step on them or walk, jump between the rows. And of course leave no trace! Everyone, who plans ahead and respects the rules will for sure have fun in the purple lavendel fields of Oregon.

lavender fields in Oregon: Hood River Lavender und Lavender Valley
Lavebder Valley with snow-capped Mt. Hood in the distance

Read my article “Wildflowers Oregon: Flower fields and -festivals near Portland” to get an overview of many more flower fields in Oregon, their bloom season and locations. (coming soon)


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22 comments
  1. Beautiful post, I never knew that there is a lavender field in Oregon, I always wanted to visit one. Looking forward to do so

    1. I wasn’t aware neither. I guess there are many more fields out there. We just don’t know about them. Probably growing in other US states, Europe and other parts of the world as well.

  2. This post is stunning! Who knew you could find these fields in Oregon!? I love the ettiquette section, especially in reference to the bees, good idea!

    1. Thanks so much Katy! Yeah, I found it important to say something about the etiquette as well, because I think sometimes people don’t switch on their brain when walking in beautiful flower fields. Unfortunately we all have seen colorful flower fields being destroyed by people not acting responsibly. And the fact that you could get stung is also something you should definitely think about.

    1. Thanks so much Kriszti!
      Oregon seems to be underrated in quite a few points actually. The state is so diverse! Really enjoy living here.

  3. This place is so dreamy!! I see more and more lavender fields spots other than Valensole and I think that’s so cool to discover new ones! Especially with such a view! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    1. So true!
      It’s funny and scary at the same time that we only think of places we’ve seen online before. I assume there are many more locations around the world where lavender grows naturally. Valensole is definitely one of those Insta places.
      Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Léa!

  4. Awesome place! I always love visiting flower farms. I have an experience with lavenders too in Taiwan but that was incomparable to this huge fields! <3

    1. Oh yeah, Taiwan must have many beautiful places as well. The clima is perfect for flowers to grow. Actually this farm isn’t that huge neither. But it’s indeed gorgeous.

    1. Thanks so much Kirsten! Yeah the color and the smell is really nice. Glad to hear you’ve able to visit some lavender fields in Canada, too!

  5. Wow! Your photos are STUNNING! I can just imagine walking in the fields and smelling the lavender! $100 for a photo session sounds a bit much, were you able to bring your own photographer/camera?

    1. Hi Katy, thanks so much!
      Yeah $100 is quite a lot. I went with my camera during their normal opening hours. Then you can take pictures just as you like. The extra fee is for entering after closure for golden hour. I was lucky enough to find the farm not crowded at all and I am pretty happy how the pictures turned put as well.

    1. Thanks Cass! I assume lavender grows in many more places we aren’t aware of. It’s always worth doing a bit of research to find spots closeby.

  6. Wow, seriously epic location! Lavender fields with the view of Mount Hood. I have heard of these fields and hope to see them one of these days. We have a few of these lavender farms here in Idaho, but not quite as grand. Thanks for the info.

    1. Thanks for your comment, Michelle!
      You should definitely check out the area around Mount Hood, it’s so much to explore around here. I am actually looking very much forward to exploring Idaho. Haven’t got the chance yet besides a short stop at Hell’s Canyon lately.

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