“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.
Amid Virginia’s phased re-opening from the 2020 Pandemic, my Husband and I ventured to Williamsburg during a camping trip for supplies, lunch, and to enjoy all things colonial that Williamsburg has to offer–even if it was within social distancing terms. From friends, I knew that Sweethaven was in Williamsburg so on this day, we set the GPS to work and followed it into the country to see if we could get a glimpse. I was delighted by the farm’s 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. Outside though, as is the case with nearly every farm, is where the magic was 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 where just starting to burst open, tempting Bumble Bees 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. And, the resident bumble bees were busiest here, totally ignorant of our intruding cameras. 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 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 farm offers all things lavender including a chance to pick your own bouquet as the lavender blooms in May and June, their own line of organic skincare, and culinary products including pre-made picnic lunches by reservation.
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 event for 2021.
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. If you are in Williamsburg in your travels, 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, 2301 Jolly Pond 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 is Sweet-Heaven)