Dale's Lavender Valley Farm at 48 Robertson School Rd., Hoquiam will be holding its first Lavender Festival Saturday and Sunday, July 2-3 from 9am-5pm. Proprietor and Master Gardner Dale Dineen has been growing lavender on her farm for the last seven years. It began as a labor of love and healing after losing her son. Mrs. Dineen always had a love for lavender and planted 1000 lavender plants on her farm. Along with selling bundles of lavender she makes soaps, sprays and sachets. There will be arts and craft vendors and demonstrations. Admission and parking are free.
Mrs. Dineen has been able to provide the proper growing environment for these picky plants in our extremely wet climate. She tends and trims them so they grow abundantly and do not become "woody". While she sells her lavender and lavender products, it is not a matter of profit for her. She derives enjoyment from having her hands in the dirt. The valley of lavender is beautiful to behold when it is in bloom but it is also a boon to the local bee population. Mrs. Dineen has noticed the increase of bees in the area which is beneficial to all plant life.
Lavender is part of the mint family and has calming and curative properties. You can add lavender to your favorite tea or cold beverage to give it a refreshing twist, lavender oil rubbed into your temples helps to relieve tension headaches, and a few sprays on a pillow will help with sleep. So if you happen to be on highway 109 heading towards Ocean Shores, take a turn at mile marker 8 at Ocean Beach Road. You will enjoy the beauty and fragrance of the fresh lavender and have the opportunity to take home some great homemade items.