We appreciate your interest in our lavender farm! Please see below for our frequently asked questions.
When is the farm in bloom?While we have both English and French lavender planted on our 17 acres, the majority of our farm is French lavender. Our plants come into full, gorgeous bloom during three different times. Please note these bloom times are approximations and are ultimately decided by Mother Nature. Check the website and Facebook for updates:
First English Bloom – We have many varieties of English lavender spread out over the farm. Our English lavender is exquisite with many varying shades of color. This bloom typically takes place mid-to-late June and sometimes into early July.
The French Bloom – This is a great time to visit because the bloom is quite impressive in size and color. It usually begins in early July and lasts for about 2 weeks.
Second English Bloom – Some English lavender blooms twice, so we get a smaller round of delightful flowers later in the summer. This bloom typically starts mid-September and extends into the Fall.
We are weather dependent, so please check with us before planning your visit. Keep in mind we are a working farm; during the bloom we systematically cut peak lavender for fresh and dried bunches. Therefore, the later you visit during each bloom, the smaller the flowering fields will be.
Check our Facebook page for updates on bloom times.
What is Lavender?Lavandula (common name Lavender) is a genus of 39 species of flowering plants in the mint family, Lamiaceae. Many members of the genus are cultivated extensively in temperate climates for gardens and landscapes as ornamental plants, for use as culinary herbs, and for the extraction of essential oils which are sold commercially. The most widely cultivated species are Lavandula angustifolia and Lavandin.
What is the difference between English Lavender (Lavandula Angustifolia) and French Lavender (Lavandin)?
Though both English and French lavender are part of the mint family (Labiatae), the differences between these two varieties of lavender include their range of flower color, bloom time, size, and level of hardiness.
What types of lavender does Lavender by the Bay grow?We grow over 80,000 plants of English & French lavender, all with their own unique traits. Some varieties include Purple Bouquet, Melissa, Grosso, Hidcote Giant, Super and many more.
I’m addicted to your lavender and hate it when the growing season ends. What can I do to get through the year?Come visit us at one of our many greenmarket locations! Check our greenmarket page for details.
How do I care for my lavender plant?
Lavender has three basic needs: Lots of sun, well-drained soil and a haircut at the end of the season. When planting your lavender in the ground, make sure the soil has good drainage and avoid planting next to a sprinkler head. If you want to replant in a bigger pot, make sure to use one that has drainage holes as lavender is susceptible to root rot if the roots sit submerged in water. Do not over water your plant; water only when the soil is dry to the touch. When giving your lavender a haircut at the end of the season, you will want to cut the lavender back 3-4 inches above where the plant gets woody at the base. Avoid cutting it shorter than that; you may harm the plant. Cutting back the lavender will prepare the plant for winter and stimulate growth for the following season.
How do I care for my fresh lavender bunches?
Lavender is best dried! Never place your fresh bunches in water, as the stems will absorb the water and rot over time. If you want your lavender to dry straight, we suggest you split your bunches into 2-3 smaller bunches and secure with a rubber band. Using an opened paper clip, attach the clip to the rubber band and hang your bunches upside down on a clothes hanger in a dry area. After 4-7 days combine your bunches and place in a vase. We recommend you use a vase with a wide opening and remove the rubber band so the stems can breathe; this will prevent the stems from getting moldy. If your lavender starts to wilt, hang it upside down and follow the instructions above.
How do I care for my dried lavender bunches, sachets or pillows?Lavender’s lovely fragrance comes from the essential oils locked inside the lavender buds. If your lavender ever loses its fragrance, gently pinch a couple of the flower buds to release the scent. If your sachet or pillow ever loses its scent, just give it a little squeeze to release the fragrance.
How long does dried lavender last?Lavender can last for months and often years! As long as you have lavender buds intact, you will have fragrance. Just give your bunch or sachet a gentle pinch/squeeze to release more fragrance.
How do I get lavender honey?Our lavender honey is always in high demand; the yield is dependent upon our busy bees. What makes our lavender honey unique is that we do not add anything to it. It’s naturally made from our hives after the bees have finished gathering nectar from our lavender plants. Due to its popularity, we sell our honey on a first come, first served basis at the farm only. Sorry, we do not ship honey.
What can I do when I visit?Plenty! When our lavender is in bloom and being harvested, you may pick your own bunches in our fields (Mon-Thur 9-11:30 am, excluding National Holidays) or enjoy freshly cut bunches in the shop. We supply you with all the necessary tools. Please call to confirm that U-Pick is available before your visit. Among our many lavender products, we have handmade lavender sachets as well as lavender artwork. When we are in bloom, our fields are a photographer’s paradise! We also recommend taking a drive to the town of Greenport or visiting one of the many North Fork vineyards.
Can I enter the fields?
Our customers always enjoy a walk through our fragrant, colorful fields. During the blooms there is a $5 per person field entry fee. We ask that you remain within the designated areas and request permission before entering the fields. When the lavender is in bloom and being harvested, we offer U-Pick bunches Mon-Thur 9-11:30 am, excluding National Holidays. We will gladly supply you with a basket and a sickle, or a pair of scissors for children. Please call to confirm U-Pick is available before your visit. We ask that our customers behave respectfully and safely towards all persons and property while at Lavender by the Bay. We reserve the right to immediately turn away without a refund those who choose not to follow this request.
Can I take pictures in the fields?
Pictures are encouraged, however, any extensive photo shoot such as professional, fashion, engagement or wedding photos utilizing professional camera equipment (multiple lenses, sun reflectors, tripod, etc) requires a site fee. We reserve the right to refuse unscheduled photo shoots or shoots we deem as extensive. Professional photographers must be insured, naming Lavender by the Bay as an additional insured (required). Please arrange shoots by contacting us at least one week prior to your desired shoot date. During the bloom season there is a site fee for professional photographers.
What is the site fee an extensive photo shoot?
We recommend that you schedule your shoots Monday - Thursday as it less crowded at the farm. The site fee is $150 for 1.5 hours and $100 for each additional hour. Friday-Sunday the fee is $200 for 1.5 hours and $125 for each additional hour. Please call or email us to make arrangements.
Is there public transportation to the farm?There is no public transportation directly to the farm, but you may take the LIRR to the town of Greenport. Lavender by the Bay is only a 20 minute bike ride from the Greenport train station. You can also take a bus through Hampton Jitney to East Marion, or arrange Dan’s Bike Rental to meet you with bikes at your hotel, train or bus stop.
What other activities are there to do on the North Fork?
There are so many activities to enjoy on the North Fork from wine tasting at one of the many local vineyards to great shopping and dining in the town of Greenport and surrounding towns. For visitor information, visit greenport online or www.northfork.org. The farm is not an all-day trip: please make sure to take advantage of all the North Fork has to offer.
Can I bring my dog?Yes! We are a pet friendly farm. As long as your animal is friendly and has vaccinations they are welcome. We ask that you clean up after your pet.
Do you host private events at the farm?We do not have the capabilities to host private functions at the farm at this time, but are considering it for the future.
Are kids welcome in the fields?Of course! We hope your experience at the farm is educational for your entire family.
Are large groups welcome?Please call or email us if you would like to schedule a visit for a large group. Parking and field capacity is limited and we want to ensure a pleasant experience. Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate buses or limos at the farm. Buses are not permitted to do drop-offs from the road in front of the farm.