Stepping onto the Trinity Gardens Lavender Farm on a hot summer day, the smell of hundreds of lavender bushes in full bloom washes over guests like a high-pressure system before a hard rain.
For the Putnam family, creating this small slice of aromatherapeutic paradise was a happy accident that all started with a small plot of land at a price they couldnít turn down. At the time, it was a simple square of shrubland lost in between other properties.
More than a decade later, the cultivated swathe of purple and gray flowers is not only a source of pure lavender oil for the Putnamís homemade bath and body products, itís also a scenic, scented venue for weddings and weekend getaways. The bees bumble their way between the blooms this time of year, lighting across the shaded seating of the fieldís two pergolas.
This is the first year Trinity Gardens has been open to the public, and business has been good for the Putnams, with bookings revolving largely around scheduled concerts or events at the nearby Gorge Amphitheatre. Located close to I-90, the property is located roughly 10 minutes from the stateís biggest music venue by car.
Daily tasks on the property are almost entirely managed by the Putnam family, made up of David and Julie Putnam, as well as their two children Chelsea and Matt.
Chelsea heads product development for an ever-growing list of products. For loggers (or hipsters), the lavender farm offers everything from beard oil to bars of soap swaddled in red-and-black flannel. There are also scented pillow sprays, hair repair serum and assorted body butters for those looking for a gentler touch.
For a complete product listing and to schedule a stay, call 509-423-3986.