U-PICK: Lavender blooms in field tucked away in southern Illinois

Sunny summer days and the scent of lavender... a perfect combination

Just off Route 127 in Cobden, Illinois, you’ll find the Heartland’s only u-pick lavender field.

Shawnee Hills Lavender is a product of a dream Charlotte Clover had after seeing the idea in a magazine article.

You’ll find Clover’s vision tucked away in Cobden, where it now draws a large crowd.

You can cut off a fresh lavender bundle for just $5 each year during late May and early June.

This year’s season starts on Saturday, June 1.

2019 SCHEDULE

  • Saturday, June 1: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Sunday, June 2: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Friday, June 7: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 8: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Sunday, June 9: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Friday, June 14: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 15: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Sunday, June 16: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Charlotte says watch out though, you may fall in love with lavender too.

The early part of the season features the culinary varieties of lavender with short stems.

You can get the long-stemmed varieties in the mid to late season.

CLICK HERE for a closer look at how you can get your hands on this fresh scent.

Visitors are also encouraged to check the Shawnee Hills Lavender Facebook page to see what’s blooming before you head to the farm.

And you may want to try this:

Lavender Lemonade: A soothing squeeze on the summer favorite