Western Colorado wraps up June with a pinch of lavender. Four Grand Valley farms open doors for self-guided tours to finish the Colorado Lavender Festival.
Celebrating this shade of purple draws a crowd beyond the valley with its natural fragrance.
We really love lavenders so we drove all the way from Denver for about four hours. We start about 6:30 this morning,” Tammie Tren shares, “The reason we come because like we don’t get to see a lot of Lavender is in the cities now so we’re gonna make this a tradition. We’re gonna come every year.”
“While lavender looks good no matter how you arrange it, the Colorado Lavender Festival celebrates all the uses someone can have with the plant,” Cora Dickey reports, “The variety goes from being an extra ingredient in your favorite food or drink to taking a bunch of lavender bouquets to set as the backdrop for your next favorite picture.”
The Lavender Festival recognizes how many benefits the flower has with all five senses. Businesses and organizations apply the plant to different projects, finding qualities that benefit life.
“Lavender is known as a stress reliever and so we’re out here and doing some creative stuff painting,” Angie Bertrand describes, “People are using the lavender buds to put on their paintings and we find that you better have some fun and part of that is finding ways to get to know other people it’s Waze to find stress release in your life.”
The Grand Valley has been celebrating lavender in full bloom for over a decade. Local lavender farms are ready to see this festival continue to grow for years to come.