Red Oak Lavender Farm in Dahlonega, Georgia
5 Things You Didn't Know About Lavender
It’s purple and pretty and plays a big part in Georgia’s economy as a crop, natural remedy and ingredient. Here’s what you didn’t know about lavender:
The scent deters pests. As a natural way to keep mice, mosquitoes and flies away, plant it in your garden or harvest the flowers for in-home decorations.
It can help you get a good night’s sleep. Whether you’re at home or staying in one of Georgia’s beautiful historic hotels, bed and breakfasts, or resorts, having the scent of lavender in your room can help you rest more peacefully.
There are lavender farms in Georgia. The first North Georgia lavender farm is located in the heart of the state’s wine country and features 2,000 plants. Red Oak Lavender Farm in Dahlonega is open March 2 through Dec. 24 Wednesdays through Saturdays. The harvest is at its peak in June.
It’s in the same plant family as mint. Though it’s not the same type of mint, it is worth noting that the Dahlonega Mint was a branch of the United States Mint established in north Georgia during the Georgia Gold Rush. Coins made in the Dahlonega Mint were produced from 1838–1861.
You can cook with it! Use the plant to spice your cookies, pork or custard. Leopold’s Ice Cream in Savannah has made its frozen treat featuring lavender, and just down the street, Back in the Day Bakery has featured lavender shortbread cookies.