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The Lavender Capital of America

By Linda Tancs

On Washington State’s Olympic Peninsula sits a tiny town with a big inventory of lavender.  Sequim, Washington might not exactly roll off the tongue, but the little farming community’s half-million lavender bloom of some 50 varieties earns it the title of Lavender Capital of North America.  With a climate akin to the world’s lavender capital in Provence, France, it’s no surprise that business is booming.  And Sequim wants everyone to know it, which is why they’ve hosted an annual Lavender Festival for the past 13 years.  The 14th annual celebration of the showy and delectable sprig will take place from 16 to 18 July on Fir Street between Sequim Avenue and Third Avenue downtown.  Enjoy the lavender goods, arts, music, food and farmers’ goods.  You can even take a tour of the lavender farms. Plan on spending time in the valley? Be sure to bring your walking shoes. There’s plenty to see amidst the the soaring Olympic mountain range and the waters of the Strait of Juan de Fuca.


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