Bees N Blooms in Santa Rosa is a Lavender Lover's Delight
Lying below Taylor Mountain on the site of a former cattle ranch, Bees N Blooms offers stunning vistas of Sonoma County's Santa Rosa Plain.
This 11-acre certified organic farm, which has put aside a portion of its land as a wildlife habitat, grows lavender, flowers, and drought-tolerant trees; supports 13 beehives; and produces products that include honey, lavender, cut flowers, vegetables, and plant starts. They practice regenerative farming, which helps sustain ecosystems from the soil up, creating habitat for native pollinators, birds, and wetland residents, as well as humans.
And that's not all. Birds N Bees is home to California's largest labyrinth, which is planted with eight distinct varieties of lavender (more than 900 individual plants). As you wend your way around the half-mile lavender-scented pathway, you'll spot butterflies hovering and hummingbirds darting, hear the buzz of bees and the joyous music of songbirds. It's a beautiful, calming, restorative experience.
A great deal of thought, time, and effort has gone into creating Bees N Blooms as a pollinator-friendly, environmentally-sensitive haven for plants, birds, insects, humans, and other animals (the resident duck family is great fun to watch and helps provide pest control).
The farm is open to the public from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday to Sunday, from May 1, 2019 to Labor Day on Monday, Sept. 2, 2019, except for July 20 and Aug. 18, when it will be closed for private events.
Visitors are free to walk the labyrinth and check out the flowers blooming in the flower arcs. A small farm stand offers a tempting range of items — lavender wands, big bundles of cut lavender, beeswax candles, plant starts, fresh flowers and produce, glass art, honey, and a lot more. Special events are occasionally held, such as the Lavender Craft Workshop, where students learn to make woven lavender wands and other craft items.
Bees N Blooms, 3883 Petaluma Hill Road, Santa Rosa, 707-293-8293