The Lavender Labyrinth
The Labyrinth at Johnson Hill Farm is a 13th
century, eleven-circuit design, divided into four quadrants. The
path meanders to the center by leading you through each of the
four quadrants several times.
Solvitor ambulano – (Latin) – It
is solved by walking.
The Labyrinth is not a puzzle to be solved. This is a place
where you may contemplate an issue you want to resolve. There
is no need for a map or directions. Follow the path and you
will reach the center, where you are encouraged to pause and reflect.
The ‘walls’ that separate the path are planted with
lavender, a variety of ‘cultivated’ plants, as well as
natural field grasses and flowers. Mother Nature and I disagree
on which plants should be where, and so we compromise. Most
places she plants what she likes, and in some she allows me to choose.
I am often asked what the labyrinth means. The answer is different
for each person. For some it is a quiet spiritual experience,
children leap and laugh, still others simply find it a pleasant walk
or good exercise.
The garden design is similar to designs often
found in Gothic Cathedrals. The
most famous of this design is found at Chartres Cathedral near Paris,
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