Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Your Trip to the Lavender Farm

Dreaming of your trip to Pelindaba Lavender Farm on San Juan Island this summer?  Whether it is your first time or your fifteenth, making the trip to the farm is a delightful adventure itself.  With a multitude of travel options, San Juan Island is openly accessible.  With some basic, yet very important details planned ahead, your trip is sure to be memorable start to finish.

Located in the northwest region of Washington State in the Straight of Juan De Fuca just north of Seattle and south of Vancouver, B.C.,  San Juan Island (Friday Harbor) is your destination to visit us at the farm.

There are no bridges to San Juan Island!  To reach the island, one must take a ferry, aircraft, or personal watercraft to get here.

A ride on an iconic Washington State Ferry is the simplest and most economic way to take your personal vehicle to San Juan Island.  Reservations are recommended and can be made as far in advance as 2 months.  Enjoy the stunning scenery of the San Juan Islands from the deck and leave the world behind.

The ferry to San Juan Island (departing from Anacortes, WA) can be reached via Interstate 5 and US Highway 101 N.  The US HWY 101 N route includes an additional ferry ride from Victorian Seaport Port Townsend to Coupeville.  This is a longer, but very scenic journey and will take you through Deception Pass.

Other ways of reaching the island by water include: personal craft, Victoria Clipper, private charter, San Juan Clipper.

Prefer to fly? Book a seat on a small aircraft or float plane directly to Friday Harbor.  No car?  No problem!  Walk onto the ferry and rent a moped, bicycle, car, or ride San Juan Transit, Jolly Trolley or take a taxi while on San Juan Island.

Whichever adventure you choose to get here, the fields of Pelindaba Lavender Farm are always open to welcome you!  See our Visitor Center hours below.  Our "peak of purpleness" is mid July – mid August, but there arr typically flowers in bloom June - September.  Join us for the annual San Juan Island Lavender Festival the third weekend in July to celebrate and behold the glory of 25,000 lavender plants in full bloom!

During your visit this summer be sure to...

- Stroll through our organically certified fields.

- Browse the over 200 lavender products we handcraft on the farm at our Gatehouse Farm Store.

- Explore the Demonstration Garden where we cultivate over 50 different varieties of lavender.

- Visit the Distillery and Exhibits to learn how we distill the lavender essential oil from the plant — and about its many and diverse uses.

- Make your own beautiful lavender crafts in the Craft Workshop in July and August.

- Harvest your own organic lavender bouquets in the Cutting Field.

- Take home some lavender plants for your own garden from the Nursery.

- Bring a Picnic to enjoy and be sure try our lavender lemonade, iced tea, ice cream (gluten-free) or cookies!

Visitor Center Hours

April : 9:30am - 5:30pm Wednesday - Sunday
May : 9:30am - 5:30pm DAILY
June - August : 9am - 6pm DAILY
September : 9:30am - 5:30pm DAILY

Admission to the farm is FREE.  Parking, restroom and picnic facilities are available.

For those visiting October - March or after hours, please feel welcome to take a walk through the fields.  The fields are never closed.

Pets are very welcome.  We simply ask their owners to keep them on leash and to clean up after them.

Wishing you a delightful journey to our extraordinary corner of the earth.
We can’t wait to see you!


  1. Have you ever offered artist residencies?

    1. Not formally, but we welcome artists to come create work in the fields anytime. The gate is always open!