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Olympic Lavender Farm offers a selection of certified organic lavender varieties. Photo: Linda Popovich

In summer, as you enter the small town of Sequim, Washington, on State Highway 101, you’ll see an amazing vista of purple lavender fields shimmering in the warm, gentle breeze that floats up the Sequim-Dungeness Valley. Lower your windows and the heady, fragrant aroma of lavender soon fills the entire car.

Situated at the northern tip of the Olympic Peninsula, the small farming town of Sequim (pronounced “skwim”), population 6,600, is known as the Lavender Capital of North America—and for good reason. With 30 lavender farms covering 50 acres of purple bloom, and growing 160,000 plants, Sequim has become a worldwide destination for lavender lovers.

How did Sequim acquire its reputation as a lavender town? First, there had to be a terroir suitable for growing the hardy purple plant. The town’s unique coastal geography and soil conditions creates a pocket of sunshine, a microclimate similar to that of Provence—southern France’s lavender haven—and has proved ideal for growing this scented, sun-loving plan...

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