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You can visit a hidden lavender field on Governors Island

It's the only lavender field in NYC.

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There isn’t exactly a shortage of reasons to head to Governors Island for a weekend “escape” from the city, but here’s one more: It 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. (In fact, once you get there, you may not want to leave.)

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. The blooms provide much needed sustenance for the island’s population of honey bees.

"Visitors can come and smell the lavender in the field at any time but harvesting is under supervision and guidance when there are volunteers staffing the field," say Sarah Lehrich, the project manager of The Lavender Field. "The public can harvest after receiving a staff tutorial on Fridays from 9:15 am–1pm through October 30. We provide sanitized tools, twist ties and ask for a donation to help support the field. We are an all-volunteer initiative."

Heading to the island soon and looking to locate the field? You’ll find it a short walk from the Brooklyn ferry terminal on the Southeast side of the island, just across from St. Cornelius Chapel.

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