Pick your own lavender from the fragrant fields of Westport at an annual festival returning to the SouthCoast for another year.

Lavender Day is officially coming back to Stone Pony Gardens for its third year, offering plenty of opportunities for folks to experience the beauty and allure of lavender right at its source.

Stone Pony Gardens will welcome visitors for Lavender Day on July 2 and 3 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day, where visitors will have the chance to pick the farm's organic lavender and have the opportunity to purchase a number of lavender products produced by the farm, including lavender soaps and sprays, as well as succulents from Open Gate Farm and even strawberries. In addition to lavender, the farm is also home to peacocks, sheep, a mini donkey, chickens, ducks and heritage turkeys, all of whom will be accessible to visit with during Lavender Day.

Stone Pony Gardens is located at 171 Pine Hill Road in Westport, and parking for Lavender Day will be available at the Westport Fairgrounds just down the road.

Courtesy of Katie Nemeth Photography

The Westport farm cites lavender not only as having that amazing, relaxing smell it's commonly known for, but also as being pretty darn useful. Lavender is a natural bug repellant and has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, so it's bound to come in handy in more ways than just the one. You may have even tasted lavender once or twice, picking up hints of the plant's flowery, fresh flavor in everything from cookies and scones to syrups and ice cream. Yum!

FUN FACT: Lavender also holds a special place in my heart because I have a small tattoo of a couple branches on my forearm. It may not have a meaning, but I sure do like how dainty it turned out, much like real-life lavender itself.

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