There’s nothing I love more than flower fields. This year with the pandemic going on we can’t really travel so I’ve been looking for all the flower fields in the Washington DC area. On the top of that list is to find a lavender farm in Maryland.
We went to a lavender farm last year, Lavender by the Bay and it was amazing, but a bit of a drive. So this year I found several lavender farms in Maryland, but many of them do not allow visitors because of the pandemic.
Fortunately, I was able to find a lavender farm that’s only about 1.5 hours from Washington DC that’s open during Covid-19.
Purple Rain Lavender Farm In Maryland
Purple Rain Lavender Farm is a picturesque 16-acre farm that not only has lavender but lots of farm animals. We saw horses grazing as we drove up to this lavender farm.
Locals Tom and Pam Frye own this lovely farm that not only offers lavender picking but also farm stays and photo sessions.
Purple Rain Lavender Farm is near Bel Air Maryland, exact location: 3421 McCommons Rd, Churchville, MD 21028.
This year because of the pandemic this Maryland lavender farm has social distancing lavender picking with timed entry to the field. You buy advanced timed tickets.
The lavender field is much smaller compared to Lavender by the Bay, but it is still very pretty and you can’t beat how close it is to Washington DC. Purple Rain Lavender Farm has both English and French Lavender.
When does the lavender at Purple Rain Lavender Farm in Maryland go into full bloom? The English lavender blooms first around the beginning of June. The French lavender blooms later around mid to late June. We went during the first harvest event for the French lavender and both the English and French lavender were in full bloom.
What to Expect at Purple Rain Lavender Farm
- Each entry to the lavender farm is $8, you can by tickets here.
- Dates still available for lavender picking are June 27 and 28
- They just added an additional date & time July 11 noon to 3pm, more info here.
- You must purchase a specific window of time for lavender picking
- Arrive within 30 minutes of your start time
- You must wear a face mask
- The Farm provides a little bag with each ticket for your lavender
- Bring your own scissors to cut the lavender
- There are tons of bees here so if you are allergic or scared of bees I would avoid coming
- You also get a cookie with each ticket
Though Purple Rain requires you to wear a mask, it is not strictly enforced once you are on the field. Just about everyone wore one though, including us. I only took mine off for pictures when I was not near others. All the employees work masks as well.
We bought the afternoon tickets and the field was not crowded at all so I was comfortable taking off my mask when there weren’t any people near me. During the hayride, however, I kept my mask on the entire time. Check out the TikTok video of our experience.
Purple Rain Lavender Farm has a strict policy for photographers, but really if you are taking personal pictures it’s not a problem. If you are a paid photographer however then you will need to book a specific time and pay the fee.
We brought our DSLR and saw another couple with their DSLR photographing their toddler. The staff never batted an eye.
This Maryland lavender farm is definitely one we will be visiting again next year because it was such a lovely experience and so close compared to Lavender by the Bay.
Want more flower fields near Washington DC? Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens has thousands of lotuses blooming in July. McKee Beshers sunflowers bloom just a bit after the lavender. If you miss those flower fields 5 more sunflower fields in Maryland and Virginia bloom in August and September, including my favorite in Clear Meadow Farm. And if you want to pick your own flowers definitely check out these flower fields that offer pick your own near Washington DC or spend a day at Butler’s Orchard and pick your own fruits too. For even more flowers these gardens in DC offer spectacular blooms all year round!