Lavender Festival celebrates growing industry


MESA COUNTY, Colo. A certain fragrant cash crop has a budding industry here in the Grand Valley that gardeners are excited to show off this weekend.

"Gardening is truly my passion and moving here I learned about the lavender craze and thought it would be beautiful to have an urban lavender farm for people to visit," said Roberta Cole, owner of Mountain Dance Lavender.

People from all over the state and even other parts of the country hopped on buses Friday to tour lavender farms between the North Fork Valley and Grand Junction.

"Taking a meditative walk, taking time for yourself," Cole said of what people can do when they visit her labyrinth-style lavender garden.

This is the fourth annual Lavender Festival, which is the only festival of its kind in Colorado.

The Western Slope has the perfect hot, dry, sunny weather for the lavender industry, gardeners said.

Lavender can be used in food, as an essential oil or even in cleaning supplies.

The Lavender Festival will continue at the Palisade Memorial Park Saturday.

There will be free self-guided tours of area lavender farms on Sunday.


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