The Drôme Provençale is indeed an extraordinary garden where two thousand eight hundred varieties of plants await you.
Aromatic and medicinal plants exude their fragrances.
From lavender to linden, rosemary to thyme, savory to sage and oregano, it's a symphony of colours and scents encountered during your walks.
The Lavandula genus comprises some thirty varieties. Three of them grow spontaneously in France: the true lavender, hybrid lavender and spike lavender.
When spring arrives, the fields turns a soft green. At the end of each stem a tiny stalk appears and this stock grows and progressively holds more and more tiny flowers. The calyxes develop glands in which the secretion and storing of the essential oil begins very early.
In summer, the lavender fields become colourful with a multitude of tones of mauve and blue. The plants bear large floral shafts rich in essential oil. The calyx glands have finished their storage function and it is then time to very carefully gather what nature has prepared.
Following the first harvest, a lavender plantation remains in place for about 10 years. It begins producing in its second year and the optimal yields of essential oil occur every 4th and 6th year.
The lavender blossoms from early June to the end of August; the period varies depending on the altitude and the weather that year!
Sprigs of lavender and jar of honey
Fields of lavender in the Drôme Provençale
The Lavender Road
Consult the tourist offices in the Drôme, Vaucluse and Alpes de Haute-Provence.
Many itineraries are suggested.
276 route de Gordes
Hameau de Coustellet
The House of Aromatic Plants
Boulevard Eysserc – B.P. 18
Bleu Provence Distillery
58 Promenade de la Digue
Garden of Fragrances - House of Aromatic Plants - Buis-les-Baronnies
14 Boulevard Michel Eysseric
Garden of Aromas - Nyons
Promenade de la Digue
Garden of herbs and medicinal plants - La Garde-Adhémar
Place de l'Eglise
26700 La Garde-Adhémar
_ The Festival of Lavender - Ferrassières
_ Festival of Lavender – Valensole (Alpes-de-haute-Provence)
_ The Festival of Lavender et du Terroir – Euzet-les-Bains (Gard)
_ The Festival of Lavender – Sault (Vaucluse)
_ Lavender and its products – Montélimar