Lavender fields in Oregon with beautiful Mt. Hood views
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Endless, purple blooming carpets of lavender can only be found in France and 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.

lavender fields in Oregon

Lavender fields near Portland, Oregon

Around 20 lavender farms, producing essential oil for soaps, lotions etc. are located closeby Portland, Oregon. You can stop by the lavender farms of Hillsboro, Willamette and Tualatin Valley to buy lavender plants or u-cut your own boquet. But the most beautiful lavender fields 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, but with the majestic view of Mount Hood in the distance. It’s peak is snow-capped even 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 Oregon: Location and opening hours

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
address: 5965 Boneboro Road | Mt Hood Parkdale, Oregon 97041
opening hours: mid May until mid October 10am – 5pm daily

Hood River Lavender Farms: Location and opening hours

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 host 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

When is lavender season in Oregon?

Lavender blooms in summer. Most farms in Oregon have 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 Oregon Lavender Association to check out their Destination Guide. If you don’t fancy the celebrations and rather want to take some pictures, I recommend to plan your vistit 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 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

Lavender fields photography

Most lavender farms in Oregon close around 5pm. If you want to visit the lavender filelds to shoot during golden hour, you most likely need to book a photoshooting. Lavender Valley even offers photography classes for photographers and interested visitors. The down-side: 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 avaialability before driving there.

lavender fields photography and photoshootings in lavender fields: act responsibly

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

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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  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.

    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.

  2. 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!

  3. 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!

  4. 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.

  5. 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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