Governors Island has the city’s only lavender field! That’s right, in addition to more high-profile attractions like The Hills, Castle William, Island Oyster and bike rentals, you can also spend a relaxing day on the island picking your own bouquet from a waterfront field of gently swaying lavender. It’s exactly the sort of relaxing, soul-calming activity that this crazy year calls for. The field is overseen by Earth Matter NY, a city organization dedicated to promoting composting in the city. Launched in 2017, The Lavender Field doesn’t just provide a peaceful oasis for New Yorkers, it also acts as a pollinator attractor. While you can't usually pick it yourself, there are special harvesting times held by Earth Matter that will supervise and guide your harvest.
There's nothing better than the calming and uplifting smell of lavender, except maybe being surrounded by a field of it. Luckily, there are some incredible lavender fields in and near NYC that you can visit right now.
We've filled you in on the best strawberry and blueberry picking in New York, but there's a bevy of lavender fields you can visit, take photos at and even pick from this summer—from a hidden garden on Governors Island to a massive farm on Long Island.
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