Part of what makes life in the Texas Hill Country so great is all the wonderful community activities. Among the best of these is the Blanco Lavender Festival, a fun event that celebrates not only the spirit of community in the Texas Hill Country, but also the gorgeous Hill Country land itself. Taking place annually in June, right in the middle of the blooming season, the Blanco Lavender Festival has something to delight every visitor, in close proximity to other delightful aspects of the area.
Lavender is a relatively new crop to grace Texas Hill Country land; a National Geographic photographer and his wife planted some in 1999, after a photo shoot in Provence, France enlightened them to the similarities of the two regions. Inspired by the initial 2000 lavender plants he planted, many other lavender growers have followed suit in the ensuing years, and the first Lavender Festival took place in 2005. The popularity of the event is one of the primary reasons why Blanco is known as the “Lavender Capital of Texas.” Today, there are 10 lavender farms around Blanco, with more in the works. Lavender truly offers visitors one more thing to love about the Texas Hill Country.
What can someone expect to find at Blanco Lavender Festival? This June 7-9, you’ll find vendors and artists with treasures created from the lavender that grows throughout the Texas Hill Country. You can visit the courthouse for educational programs about this beautiful plant, and you’ll learn more about its culinary and craft uses, as well as its aromatherapy benefits and its uses for landscaping. There will be fun activities for all, and the food court will be full of all sorts of delights, from everyday foods to unusual lavender dishes.
The town of Blanco, as well as the surrounding Texas Hill Country, will be awash in lavender, and a leisurely drive into town during lavender season is always a delight. Situated on the banks of the Blanco River, the town draws many visitors each year, whether they’re coming for recreation at Blanco State Park or to enjoy the many in-town attractions. Visit this year’s Lavender Festival and you’ll find out what makes Blanco such a popular destination!
If you’re ready to make the move to the Texas Hill Country, you owe it to yourself to check out the Ranches of Brushy Top. Built on more than 2000 acres of beautiful Texas Hill Country land, this gated, master planned community features 5-75–acre homesites within wildlife preserve—natural beauty is the focus. With real highland views and the peaceful tranquility that comes along with living in the country, the Ranches at Brushy Top is still located close enough to Austin to afford convenient access to all the city has to offer. For more information, visit the Brushy Top website or connect with the online community on the Brushy Top Facebook and Twitter sites.