Sweethaven Lavender Farm, Williamsburg, Virginia; Where The Earth Laughs In Flowers

“The Earth laughs in flowers.”  –Ralph Waldo Emerson

Just over an hour from my Virginia home is the historic town of Williamsburg. In the summer months, it is a busy tourist town with endless places to explore. If your travels bring you here, a beautiful addition to your itinerary should be Sweethaven Lavender Farm.

Tucked deeply into the Williamsburg farm land, you’ll find the joys of a beautiful summer day on a farm. Of course, it can be warm and humid in coastal Virginia by May and June, but the beauty of the farm will distract your thoughts.

The Mercantile: the centerpiece of Sweethaven Lavender Farm
Inside the lovely Mercantile, we grabbed Lavender Sweet Iced Tea and Lavender Lemonade, drinking them outside to be sure to enjoy the breeze.

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. During our visits, we have found two of my favorite flowers brushed by a slight passing breeze! A rainbow of button Zinnia sway, tickled by bumblebees, followed close behind by my zoom lens. At the far end of the garden are several beds of sunflowers with their bright faces searching for the sun, ready for their closeups.

“The hum of bees is the voice of the garden” –Elizabeth Lawrence
So much to enjoy at Sweethaven!

Just outside of the gated garden area is the fields of lavender where a faint fog of deep purple rises to knee level and stretches along the ground in neat rows. The luxurious purple lavender is best in May and June and when it is, you’ll find other visitors to the farm bent in half angling for an up close sniff, snapping photos, and collecting bouquets of lavender to take home. It’s a great place for children to run and play while grown-ups enjoy a picnic lunch.

You’ll find the resident bumblebees are busiest among the lavender, totally ignorant of you or any intruding cameras. Instead, they will be focused on their task for the day, leaping from one bloom to another, humming and buzzing to each other as they work. 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.

All the farm has to offer

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. The farm also plants rows of zinnias and a patch of sunflowers for picking. If you order a picnic lunch or enjoy a lavender-themed treat, you can savor your goodies under the trees on picnic tables or inside the barn at the rear of the Mercantile. And, don’t forget to visit the sheep who call the farm home.

Sweethaven Lavender Events

My favorite times to visit Sweethaven are when the lavender is in bloom and again in the fall. The farm is bustling with events from late spring into the holiday season so be sure to watch their website, www.sweethavenlavender.com, or follow them on social media for dates, tickets, and other details.

Find them at: Sweethaven Lavender Farm, 2460 Bush Neck Road, Williamsburg, Virginia.

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)

Enjoy your visit!


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