Quietly tucked away on a county road near Mooresville, Indiana you will find Willowfield Lavender Farm. Four acres of organic lavender dot the fields surrounding the gift shop and main house, which has been a hidden gem on the south side of Indianapolis.
Kieran and Elizabeth O’Connor, who own the farm, were inspired to turn the property into a relaxing and educational retreat after visiting Provence, France in 2008. It’s free to visit, and when I was there, several people were painting the beautiful purple flowers and spending time with their families.
The best time to go is during mid-June; that’s when the lavender plants will be in full bloom and you’ll get to experience them at their finest. Keep in mind, the O’Conners do harvest the blooms for products like fresh teas and cookies as well as bundles of the flowers which they sell in their shop.
I tried a raspberry lavender tea with honey and it was quite refreshing!
Once you’ve grabbed a tea or some cookies, head out to the field to enjoy some quiet time away from the city, breathe in the fresh lavender scent and watch the bees and butterflies frolic among the blooms.
In years past, summer concerts were held at the farm, however there are none scheduled for 2019. I recommend checking their web site in the future to see if these resume for 2020 and beyond.
The farm has also rented their space out for weddings in the past – can you imagine how pretty that would be??
If you go:
Willowfield Lavendar Farm is located at 6176 E Smokey View Road, Mooresville, IN 46158. They are open Wednesdays thru Saturdays from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. during the lavender season. Check their Facebook page to see when that begins as it can vary from year to year depending on weather.
Bring your own water; they only sell tea in the store. Dogs are also welcome as long as you pick up after them. Admission is free.