Thomas Ramey Watson

Lavender farms on the increase in Colorado

PALISADE — Betty’ s Blue, M


Katherine and Impress Purple wave their bee-circled flowers in an early morning breeze, wafting the clean scent of lavender across the landscape.

Fields of these fragrant, fancifully named lavender plants are gaining popularity in Colorado.

They are popping up alongside orchards and vineyards as well as on hay and corn farms from Mack to Byers.

Colorado now boasts more than 20 commercial lavender growers.

A year ago, there were about four.

A lavender association is in its second year of promoting the benefits of

lavender and educating growers. The association is planning the state’ s fir

st lavender festival next summer in Palisade.

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