Grand Junction Visitor and Convention Bureau Announces 5th Annual Palisade Lavender Festival

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Grand Junction area provides optimal lavender growing conditions

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The 5th Annual Lavender Festival will take place July 10-12, 2015 in the western Colorado town of Palisade.

Hosted by the Lavender Association of Western Colorado, the event will include a full-day guided tour of lavender farms of Mesa County as well as the Palisade area, and a half-day Grand Valley Lavender Garden Tour. The Saturday Festival in the Park will feature workshops, seminars and question-and-answer sessions on topics ranging from starting a lavender farm to lavender growing tips, history, uses and cooking.

The festival also will include live entertainment, music, food and retail vendors with lavender-inspired merchandise. Attendees will even have the opportunity to make a lavender wreath to take home.

The climate in western Colorado provides optimal growing conditions for lavender, according to Susan Metzger with the Lavender Association of Western Colorado. Two types of lavender – English lavender and French lavender – grow particularly well in the state and are widely used in a variety of culinary, medicinal and aromatherapy products.

Tickets for the event are available at

  • Friday, July 10: full-day guided motor coach farm tour tickets
  • Friday, July 10: half-day Grand Valley lavender garden tour and xeriscaping with lavender
  • Saturday, July 11: Festival includes demonstrations, seminars, workshops, horse carriage rides and art show at Blue Big
  • Saturday evening: Lavender Feast in the field “Spike it with Lavender”

Palisade is located just east of Grand Junction in western Colorado, along the I-70 corridor. Grand Junction is situated 244 miles from Denver and 284 miles from Salt Lake City.

About Grand Junction (
Nestled near 11,000-foot Grand Mesa and the 7,500-foot Book Cliffs, Grand Junction is the largest city in western Colorado. At an altitude of 4,586 feet, warm summers and moderate spring, fall and winter seasons allow for year-round golf, hiking and biking. Boasting more than 275 days of sunshine annually, Grand Junction recently was named one of the eight sunniest cities in the United States by Among Grand Junction's spectacular red cliffs and winding canyons are the Grand Mesa, the world's largest flat-topped mountain, the Colorado National Monument, Bookcliff Wild Horse Area, two national scenic byways and five golf courses. Grand Junction lies in the heart of the Colorado-Utah Dinosaur Diamond. The area also is home to Colorado's wine country, with nearly 30 vineyards and wineries.

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