Lavender history The city of Sequim, the village of Dungeness and the valley between them are linked historically, culturally and economically. The region was, for decades, one of the major dairy regions of the state. During the 1930s and 1940s, there was a pea industry in the valley. An even shorter-lived enterprise that involved farmers was a mini-oil boom from 1955 to 1957. Logging, sawmills and mining also were important to the local economy. With the eventual decline of dairying, Sequim and Dungeness Valley agriculture has had to reinvent itself.
A committee under the umbrella of the Chamber of Commerce, calling itself Sequim 2000, began meeting in early 1995 to consider ways to boost the economy and create new tourist possibilities for the city and surrounding area. After researching various options, the group realized that the soils and microclimate of the Sequim-Dungeness Valley were ideal for lavender, a purple flowering herb known for its calming scent and wide variety of uses. The idea of “agritourism” was introduced, and July 1996 saw the first harvest of the lavender planted in 1995. By 1997, there were seven farms with a total of 10,000 plants, and the community celebrated its first lavender festival.
Today there are more than two dozen lavender farms and lavender-related businesses in the Sequim-Dungeness Valley.
SEQUIM/DUNGENESS VALLEY LAVENDER FARMS Open Daily May – September
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965 Finn Hall Rd., Port Angeles, WA 98362 www.walavender.com 360.452.4877
Washington Lavender Festival—July 13-22 Northwest Colonial Festival—August 9-12
Family Operated Lavender Farm
No pets allowed on the farm due to FDA culinary regulations. Thank you for your respect & cooperation.
OPEN YEAR ROUND!
Come experience the “Essence of the Valley”
We produce our own products on the farm, large selection in Culinary and Bath & Body products and Lavender Plants.
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