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At the entrance of the farm, there is a small parking lot with more parking available, a little bit south, on the appropriately named Bell Bottom Road. The machines to the south make up the Lavender Oil Distillation Plant. It holds up to 700 pounds of flowers and, by using steam, can extract from them between 8-24 pints of oil depending on the species. This oil, along with anything else lavender, can be bought in the shop to the west. To the north, you can buy lavender plants for your garden. There is also a port-o-potty and a sign that says dogs must be leashed.
This is a virtual tour of the Purple Haze Lavender Garden. This place is one of 36 lavender farms in Sequim. The city's climate is very dry for Western Washington, since it sits in the rain shadow of the Olympic Mountain Range, which gives them the perfect weather to grow lavender. It is free to walk around this farm and enjoy the flowers, wildlife, and farm equipment. While it is twelve-acres total, the highlight is the garden behind this house. So click the up arrow just to the right of this text and explore what the farm has to offer
This isolated northern garden is next to the guest house that can be rented for a two-night minimum. For about $250 a night, you can enjoy a nice backyard patio, with a hot tub and a barbeque. Inside, there are 3 bedrooms, a large kitchen, a washer and dryer, and 2 bathrooms; with one having a steam room.
In the orchard are some hen houses. Healthy and social; these female chickens walk right up to the edge of the cage to get a better look at you. The openings in the cage, marked with blue tape, are for anybody to drop in grains or greens, in order to feed the chickens. The two sheds are where they lay their fresh eggs. A sign said there were two peacocks, named Bob and Shirley; but they must have been hiding in their house.
Hey, it's lavender! This plant does not just create beautiful gardens, but it has many practical uses. It became quite popular when the Black Plague hit Medieval Europe. Since it is good at repelling bugs, people would tie it around their wrists and ankles to deter plague-carrying fleas from climbing their bodies. Doctors and grave diggers were so scared of catching the plague, that people were buried with whatever valuables were on their body when they died. This became a boon for those unscrupulous enough to dig them up. Since lavender is an antispetic, the grave robbers covered themselves in vinegar infused with lavender to prevent catching the disease. It must have had some success, because the mixture called Four thieves vinegar is still around today.
The backyard porch is a perfect place to find a seat, some shade, and enjoy the view. Little, colorful songbirds snack and chirp at the many bird feeders just off the porch. The relaxing smell of lavender hits you from the garden and the shop, where dried lavender is piled right inside the backdoor. In fact, the smell of lavender is so calming that teachers in France piled the flower in their classrooms in order to tame the rowdy children. Cleopatra, perfumed with lavender, sedated both the hyper-ambitious Julius Ceasar and Marc Anthony. Both men were rulers of the Roman Empire and eventhough each had only a tenious grip on power, they both chose to take an extended sabbatical in Egypt with her.
This grass field is where people picnic and listen to music during the Purple Haze Daze. It is part of the larger Sequim Lavender Festival held in the middle of July to celebrate the peak blooming period. All the lavender farms of Sequim put on a show in order to please their visitors. In downtown Sequim they have a street fair, making this weekend the largest lavender event in North America.
Many aspects of lavender make it one of a kind. After all, it brings health and tranquility to humans, but kills micro-organisms and frightens insects. But its most unique aspect might be its color. The reason purple is associated with royalty is only kings could afford it. The high price was a result of the extreme scarcity of the color. Purple dye could only be produced by snails that existed in the shallow waters of the Eastern Mediterranean Sea. This area and its secret color was closely guarded by the mighty ancient Pheonician Empire, who grew wealthy from their purple monopoly (Pheonicia means 'land of purple'). In fact, before Greece and Rome, the Pheoncians and their special color were kings of the Mediterranean.
To the west, my dog dreams of snacking on what is in the bunny cage. While to the east, the shack that sells lavender-flavored ice cream had not opened yet. Only the bees in the lavender fields got their fill this morning.
From when this lighthouse was first opened in 1857, until an electric line was layed across Dungeness Bay in 1934, the families that lived here had no electricity. They kept time by a pendulum clock. They warmed themselves with wood stoves. They illuminated the night with dim smokey candles and lanterns. To go to the bathroom they would have to leave the house and walk to a separate privy. Fresh water was scarce and often had to acquired by capturing rainwater, until a 665-foot deep fresh water well was drilled in 1930. As the world around them benefited from the Industrial Revolution, the people that lived here were stuck in a time capsule.
This is a virtual tour of the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge. Within, we will hike the longest natural sand spit in the United States and learn about the perils to be avoided. We will tour the second oldest lighthouse in Washington, that is actively maintained by volunteers and is open to the public. We will learn some history of this place. All the while being immersed in 360-degree panorama images. So please click the up-arrow just right of here to get started.