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Sault- en- Provence.

In July and August the lavender flowers are in full bloom and the little town presents one of most attractive landscapes in Provence. It is a beautiful painting of blue and purple as well together with yellow broom and white rocks. The town has a beautiful lavender garden. Distillerie Aroma Plantes. Rue de Mont Ventoux open in April through October.

Jardin de l’Alchemiste, Eygalieres.

Set around a renaissance hotel are two gardens in one. First you will see the Magical plant Garden, with plants prized in Provence for their healing properties and powers. Then stop at the Alchemist’s garden, this one uses stones, water and plants to recreate symbols alchemists used in their search for the meaning of life. Mas de La Brune. Open May to September.

Musee International de la Parfumerie.

Many of these aromatic plants are used in the perfume industry. The museum covers the 3000 years of the history of perfume, Both angles of practical and fashion industry. It includes exhibits from the Chanel House, other designer’s names and Marie-Antoinette traveling kit. There is also a green house of very exotic plants as well regional. Perfumes are also for sale to the public in the shop at the Musee International de la Parfumerie. 2 Boulevard du jeu du ballon.

Valensole Plateau.

After Sault this is the second lavender place in Provence and in July &  August you can see fields of  blue and purple flowers. They expand  towards the Alps, along the road from Riez to Digne- les- Bains.

Le Musse de la Lavande, Le Coustellet.

The museum covers the all history of la Lavande from field to Distillery. There are 16th-century copper stills and a video explaining the distillation. Rte de Gordes. http://www.museedelalavande.com

La Ferme de Gerbaud, Lourmarin.

Specializes in herbs, aromatic plants and also plants used for dyes. During a visit you can discover the entire process. http://www.plantes-aromatiques-provence.com

Anne Suire.

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