The Kingston House grounds include a working lavender farm. Our approximately 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 (angustifolia) bloom first, followed by the hybrids (lavandin). Unharvested flowers remain attractive through August.
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.
When Kinam Sohn purchased the property, she imagined a tranquil, natural place that the community could enjoy. That vision became a reality in 2016, when we hosted our first annual Lavender Festival. Over 600 of our friends and neighbors enjoyed u-cut lavender, live music and food trucks.