Prairie Lavender Farm - Bennington, Kansas
Prairie Lavender Farm, south of Bennington, Kansas, grows over 4600 lavender plants including twelve varieties of lavender, but growing lavender is becoming more difficult as summers grow more extreme. Although there are more than more than 450 varieties of lavender and many can take hot summers, most of those cannot take Kansas winters.
The gift shop offers a wide range of lavender products including personal care, body care, specialty bath, and lavender plants, fire sticks, dried plants and buds. Culinary products include honey, tea, herbs, culinary lavender, ice cream and chocolate bars containing lavender oil, produced by Cocoa Dolce in Wichita.
In 2020, the gift shop is open Saturdays only, from 9AM - noon and requires using face coverings and 6' social distancing to ensure safety for all. The farm also provides driveway pick up of orders, and online ordering. Most years there is a Lavender Festival on the 3rd Saturday in June, but it was canceled for 2020.
Mike and Diane Neustrom started Prairie Lavender Farm in 2002 and often provide a brief tour of the farm to customers. They also provide tips for growing lavender at home.
copyright 2020 by Keith Stokes