Updated June 26, 2021
“The Earth laughs in flowers.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson
Tucked deeply in Williamsburg, Virginia’s farm land lies a place where the Earth is laughing; Sweethaven Lavender Farm.
Our first visit to this lovely place was in June 2020 during the height of the pandemic but this year, we chose to visit on the last Saturday in June. The weather was typical of June in Virginia, humid and sticky due to the day’s black and blue skies that were teasing us with swings between thunderstorms and blazing sunshine. We managed to dodge the raindrops to enjoy the farm which was at the height of bloom and bustling with charm, the scent of the lavender wafting through the humid June breeze, and the delightful sounds of the industrious Bumble bees as they went about their work.
The prominent public building on the property is the Mercantile, a white barnlike structure that conjures visions of an Amish barn. Inside, are lavender products of every sort and experts to answer questions. They also offer lavender sweet tea, lavender lemonade, and other lavender based treats. Outside though, as is the case with nearly every farm, is where the magic is happening.
Just outside the Mercantile there is a gated garden with flower boxes filled to bursting with flower lover delights. Two of my favorite flowers giggled there, tickled by the passing breeze! A rainbow of button Zinnia swaying in the breeze, tickled by bumblebees with their showy colors followed close behind by my zoom lens. Swaying in the breeze at the far end of the garden were several beds of sunflowers with their bright faces searching for the sun, ready for their closeups.
As we stepped out of the gated garden area and into the fields of lavender there was a faint fog of deep purple at knee level stretching along the ground in neat rows. The luxurious purple lavender was in full bloom all around us. Other visitors to the farm were bent in half angling for an up close sniff, snapping photos, and collecting bouquets of lavender to take home. Children giggled in the distance, playing together while the grown ups enjoyed a picnic lunch.
The resident bumblebees were busiest among the lavender, totally ignorant of our intruding cameras. Instead, they were focused on their task for the day, leaping from one bloom to another, humming and buzzing to each other as they worked. At one point, I put my camera into the fray and captured their song, delighted that they nearly mistook me as a flower as they bustled by.
Enjoy all that the farm has to offer
Only 130 acres and first opened to the public in June 2019, Sweethaven is a beautiful, amethyst gem tucked deeply into the emerald Williamsburg farmland. It is a treat for the senses. The lavender blooms in May and June and the farm offers a chance to pick your own bouquet and all things lavender including their own line of organic skincare and culinary products including pre-made picnic lunches by reservation. If you order a picnic lunch, you can eat under the trees on picnic tables or inside the barn at the rear of the Mercantile.
Sweethaven Lavender Festival Days
The Festival Days are how I first learned about Sweethaven initially, seeing ads and knowing several friends that visited the event. The event includes live music, food, local artisans, and the opportunity to learn about the farm and it’s lavender. The event grows from year to year so be sure to watch their website, www.sweethavenlavender.com, for dates, tickets, and other details on their events.
How to find and visit Sweethaven
I can’t wait for our next visit to the farm! If you’d like to see more, be sure to visit Sweethaven’s website and follow them on Facebook and Instagram. Be sure to check their website for hours and other specifics that will be helpful during your visit (for our visit in June 2021, visits were timed in 2 hour blocks and tickets were required so be sure to check the website for current requirements). If you are in Williamsburg in your travels in the months of May and June, Sweethaven is certainly a great place to visit that is outside of the big tourist sites of Colonial Williamsburg and truly a unique experience.
Find them at: Sweethaven Lavender Farm, 2460 Bush Neck Road, Williamsburg, Virginia 23188; www.sweethavenlavender.com
We would love to have you visit Virginia and I know you won’t want to miss a visit to Sweethaven! (I can’t help but call it Sweet-Heaven)