The Kingston House grounds include a working lavender farm. Our over 2,000 plants represent a dozen different varieties.
The Kitsap and Olympic peninsulas boast an ideal climate for growing lavender. Nearby Sequim is known as the lavender capital of North America. Every year is a little different, but our lavender reaches peak-blooming in early-to-mid July. The English varieties (Lavandula angustifolia) bloom first, followed by the hybrids (Lavandula x intermedia). Unharvested flowers remain attractive through early September.
In 2017, two of our Kingston High School student employees - Brennan Jacobson and Danny Horwitz - launched a line of personal care products made from Kingston House lavender. Sold at the Kingston Farmers Market and at Thistle Floral & Home, their 'Kingston Lavender Company' product line included plants, soap, candles, sachets and floral mist.
In 2016, Kingston House hosted our first Kingston Lavender Festival. Over 600 of our friends and neighbors enjoyed u-cut lavender, live music and food trucks.
In 2017, we introduced the 'Summer Soirée,' a farm-to-table dinner in the midst of the lavender field featuring food and wine from Kitsap-area farmers and vintners.
In 2019, after a one-year hiatus, the Festival was back with over 2,000 guests enjoying an afternoon on the lavender farm.