ROSWELL, Ga. — This year’s annual Lavender Festival did not disappoint. Trolleys could barely contain the crowds as they packed Barrington Hall to once again celebrate all things lavender.
This free event was inspired by Evelyn Simpson, a descendent of Barrington King. Simpson was known for growing, selling and extoling the many uses of lavender, according to event organizers Janet Rigsby and Michele Glazer. The festival is one way to preserve this tradition and keep Simpson’s memory alive.
More than 75 vendors this year served up everything from lavender soaps and lavender-flavored drinks to live lavender plants and dried lavender for cooking. Some booths also offered jewelry, art and textiles.
On Barrington Hall’s back porch, event organizers provided food samples, including lavender marshmallows, lavender chocolate bark and peach lavender popsicles
Festival-goers were likewise invited to participate in multiple demonstrations and classes – all lavender-themed, of course. One of the more popular classes was for creating lavender wands, a natural moth repellent and air freshener that works all year round. Participants could also learn how to cultivate lavender and how to infuse the plant in their cooking and bath products.
One corner of the grounds was dedicated as the Zen Zone, where people could practice yoga outdoors, experience guided meditation and receive massages. Lavender scents and oils were frequently used by the participants as a way of promoting relaxation and refreshment.
For children, the Lavender Festival had ongoing live music, storytelling and craft demonstrations outdoors. The Enchanted Fairy Hollow was also a hit with the children. At the hollow, children and adults could build a free fairy house with all materials provided.
Live music was provided by local musicians Davin McCoy, Battlefield Collective and Kenny Sumner.