Robb Kendrick and Jeannie Ralston started Hill Country Lavender in 1999, after Kendrick, an award-winning photographer, traveled to Provence to shoot a lavender harvest for a National Geographic story on perfume-making around the world. In 2001, Jeannie, a magazine writer, opened the lavender field to the public for viewing and harvesting, and a new agricultural industry in Texas was born. Since its founding, Hill Country Lavender has been the subject of numerous articles and TV features.
Blanco native Tasha Brieger, who came to work for Robb as a photo assistant in 1999 while a high school junior, was later recruited by Jeannie to help with the growing lavender business. Tasha was involved with the development and expansion of the lavender product line, and during the 2004 and 2005 seasons was the farm’s manager. In 2006, Jeannie and Robb decided to move to Mexico so their children could attend a bilingual school, and Tasha—already well versed in all things lavender—purchased Hill Country Lavender.
The distant vista from the field at Hill Country Lavender, the first commercial lavender farm in Texas, is a spectacular panorama of undulating land and beautiful live oaks. But it’s the close-up view that’s most stunning. More than 2,500 lavender plants spread in neat rows across a two-acre hilltop.
At its store, snuggled into the lavender field, and on its Website, the farm offers more than 70 lavender-related products for sale, including nine varieties of soap, sachets, lavender oil, linen spray, lavender bubble-bath, sachets, eye pillows and a variety of lavender-growing publications.
Visitors are invited to cut their own lavender throughout the lavender season (when blooms are available), which can run from mid-May until July and visit the farm store. We also have a year round location at Brieger Pottery on the Square in Blanco, Texas.