The Tuscan Heights Lavender Gardens is the largest certified organic lavender, culinary herb, and edible flower growers in California. Located in the foothills of rural Shasta County, the business is open to the public during the weekends and also for special events.
Owned and operated by Richard Gooch since 1999, Tuscan Heights Lavender Gardens is located between Mount Shasta and Mount Lassen, where towering rock formations meet the backdrop of a Cedar, Oak, and Pine forest and overlook a gorgeous multi-colored field of lavender in full bloom! This is the place where you will find the truest form of abundant inner peace.
The creation of the garden is a beautiful story of rebirth, renewal, and passion by a long-term Sierra Nevada resident entrepreneur.
When Gooch purchased the land, it was completely overgrown with poison oak and manzaneta brush following an intense fire in 1987 that devastated the landscape. With ten years to heal itself, the soil was now prime, a blank canvas for the right amount of patience and imagination, to paint the perfect picture. By the Spring of 2003, Gooch had planted about 25 Lavandula x intermedia: Provence lavender plants. That was it. He was hooked, and has been planting Lavender ever since. Gooch educated himself about the 39 documented species of genus Lavandula. From those 39 species, there were nearly 400 known named sub-species (varieties) in the world (The Genus Lavandula 2004 -by: Tim Upson & Susan Andrews).
Tuscan Heights Lavender Gardens hosts 200 different Lavender plant varieties, including its signature Lavandin: Tuscan Lavender. They are authorized growers of the Tuscan Lavender, a premium quality Lavandula x intermedia or “Lavandin” that is said to have been brought into America from the Tuscan region of Lucca, Italy back in 1987. Hence, the name.
All told, they currently grow close to 25,000 lavender plants in its gardens.
They also grow over 150 different culinary herbs and edible flower varieties, including a small "Rosemary" variety garden and "scented geranium" garden, and have also planted a small Italian wine grape vineyard. Again, a wonderfully whimsical link to Italy.
The garden is registered with the Shasta County Department of Agriculture as California Organic Growers and Certified "Naturally Grown" through CNG.org, and are Member's of the Herb Society of America and Shasta Cascade Viticulture Association.
Tuscan Heights offers the finest Organic Lavender Plants and Award Winning Organic & All Natural Lavender products for home or gardening use, and many Lavender Specialty products all created with organically grown lavender flowers and packaged on site. Their USDA Certified Organic Lavender is grown specifically for Gourmet Culinary Use, Fine Crafts, Organic Bath and Body Products, Lavender for the Home, and Products for the Master Gardener in all of us! They steam distill their own lavender in order to offer the highest quality essential oil and products.
Please check our website for times we are open to the public, and to find our extensive line of lavender products.
Directions to Tuscan Heights Lavender Gardens:
From I-5 North, take HWY 44 towards Lassen Park. Stay on HWY 44, driving past Palo Cedro, CA.
Then take a Left at Old HWY 44 Dr. toward Millville, CA. At the stop sign, in Millville, CA, take a Right on Whitmore Road and drive for about 16 miles. Drive through the town of Whitmore, passing the local post office, grocery store, and elementary school. You will come upon Fern Road East and you will need to take a Left. Follow Fern Road East, about 2 miles and you will find Tuscan Heights Lavender Gardens on the right at 12757 Fern Road East, in Whitmore, California.