Our Provence lavander
Where are the lavender fields ?
- in Rosans: the Ecomuseum Terres du sud, with an exhibition on lavender growing, with old stills etc. Tel.: +33 (0)4 92 66 65 81
- in St-André de Rosans: the traditional Lavender Festival, on the second weekend of August
You will find touristic circuits for visiting the region at your own pace and according to your desires that offer a wealth of information to prepare your cycling or hiking tour, or your ride by car or motorbike through small and pleasant roads among lavender fields. Choose your accommodation on your way; note the sale’s outlets, the activities not to be missed, the distilleries or workshops to visit! The encounter with a beautiful lavender field in bloom in the landscape is amazing!
When are the lavender fields in blossom ?
…And the harvest is done when the lavender is in bloom!
The picking can spread a little; for your pleasure the lavender farmers sometimes leave a field for a “picking event” in an open field! It's a real pleasure to see the field in bloom and to learn the precise gesture of the hand that guides the sickle to make a pretty bouquet of lavender.
Did you know ?
The essential oil is obtained by steam distillation in a still. In Laborel, an old still is used, that you can see heating during traditional festivals, for example at the Feast of lavender in St-André de Rosans on the 2nd weekend of August. A lot of lavender is needed to obtain the precious essence: about 100 kg of flowers for 1 liter of lavender essential oil! For the”lavandin” it will only take 40 kg.