If purple is your color, you simply can’t resist the scent of lavender, or you just want to have some good, clean fun on a perfect summer weekend, the Oregon Lavender Festival at the Helvetia Lavender Farm is right up your alley.
The event at the Helvetia Lavender Farm is part of the larger Oregon Lavender Festival which takes place at lavender farms all over the region.
Located at 12814 NW Bishop Road in Hillsboro, the Helvetia Lavender Farm is a combination lavender and Christmas tree farm which sits on rolling hills offering a spectacular setting for the fields of purple. The farm boasts over 60 varieties of lavender and is run by Don and Nancy Miller. Each year, the Miller family turns their farm into a celebration of all things purple for one weekend in July.
Naturally, the main attraction of the festival is the lavender, and a great deal of time is spent roaming the fields and gathering bunches to take home. Beyond the purple star of the show, the festival features live music on the lawn, tea service in the pavilion, arts, crafts and games for kids, and Helvetia Tavern’s famous hamburgers.
With a line-up like this, the Oregon Lavender Festival Helvetia Lavender Farm has something for everyone.
Perhaps the most remarkable part of the festival, however, is that the proceeds from the event go to support Good Samaritan Ministries, which, headquartered in Beaverton, has ministries in over 37 countries. The proceeds from the Lavender farm help to support widows and orphans in the Ukraine and Uganda.
Fields full of fragrant lavender, a full slate of events, and all to support a great cause. What better way to spend a summer day in the Willamette valley?
To get to the Helvetia Lavender Farm from the Portland Metro area, take Highway 26 West to Helvetia Rd. (Exit 61), turn right on to Helvetia Road, go north 4 miles to Bishop Road, about one mile past the Helvetia Tavern, turn right on Bishop Road, then take the 2nd driveway to the right and follow the signs for parking.