Mezza Luna Lavender Farm and Flower Field in Raleigh, North Carolina is a godsend! My good friend Sarah runs a blog called Escaping New York and posted her and her family (who live about 5 minutes from the area) found a little local gem and enjoying clipping lavender one weekend. My jaw-dropped. I had to go!
So one weekday morning I texted my friend Heather, who’s a peer in the industry (I’m a wedding photographer and she’s a kick-ass floral designer) and friend in real life 🙂 and we grabbed our stuff and headed out to the Cary/Apex area. (Which is about 15-30 minutes from Raleigh for those who don’t know but Raleigh’s the closest major city even though Cary’s a huge city too. I digress.)
It’s family owned and operated (which I love) and is actually the large front lawn/farm of this sweet couple who lives in the house you saw above. Their garage acts as the point of sale. It’s where we got clippers, these cute tags and a brief description of where we could go and cut the flowers and what was sectioned off for growing. They gave us a rubber band to fill up with flowers. We looked at it and thought, “This should take maybe 5 minutes.” but it definitely didn’t! Once we leisurely strolled around and looked at the options (there are a good amount of varieties of lavender to choose from) and decided what were our favorites we walked around talking and clipping. What you don’t realize is that the lavender stems are really thin…so it took us a good 30-40 minutes to fill up our rubber band with a good grouping. Plus, lavender season is usually when it’s hot outside and after 30-40 minutes you realize you’re dehydrated, sweating and maybe getting a bit sunburnt. So it was perfect.
After we were done with our bunches we headed to the house to return our clippers. Heather bought some delicious lemon-lavender shortbread cookies and we talked to the owners. They’re sweethearts! And they wear purple. How cute is that? (And yes, I love that Heather and I both have color-dyed hair!)
One of the best things about lavender is that it dries out beautifully. I got home and immediately hung it upside down. It dried out fully in about a week. I tied it with some hand-dyed silk ribbon and it now rests on this silver shelf in my bathroom. I smile every time I see it! If you’re curious, there’s three different varieties of lavender in my bunch, hence the three contrasting colors.
UPDATE as of FEBRUARY 2017: I had heard the family was going to possibly take a break from growing lavender after a frost/weather issue last year. It seems their Facebook page is currently disabled, so I’ve taken down the link below. However, if you have information regarding Mezza Luna please comment and let us know!
Don’t forget to check out Mezza Luna Lavender farm Facebook Page. They open during lavender season, which is approximately May to June. (Short but mighty!)