October 26, 2020

West Michigan Hosts A Giant Lavender Labyrinth And It’s Perfect To Wash Away All Your Worries

If you’ve ever fantasized about wandering down an endless, winding road of sweet-smelling flowers, a farm on Lake Michigan can help make your dreams come true.

Located in Shelby, Michigan, Cherry Point Farm’s lavender labyrinth has a spiral pattern. The spiral is meant to be a spiritual journey and a symbol of your path in life, according to the farm’s website. Time is reflected in the design, which features “one stone circle, 12 interlocking circles, 52 arbor posts, and seven cross pieces.” While it looks like a maze, it’s not meant to be solved like a puzzle. Rather, the labyrinth is designed as a continuous circuit so you won’t get lost. Instead of figuring out where to go, the point of the labyrinth is to meditate and relax as you stroll through the lavender, a plant known for its calming effects.

West Michigan’s Cherry Point Farm and Market boasts a lavender labyrinth so large it’s visible on Google Earth.

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The fruit and farm market has been in operation since 1961 and is currently run by the fourth generation of the founding family. As if a homegrown roadside cherry shop wasn’t meditative enough, in 2001, owner Barbara Bull started work on a lavender labyrinth, which is now a popular attraction that’s large enough to be seen on Google Earth.

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With the help of artist and architect Conrad Heiderer, Bull designed an asymmetrical flower maze with an herb garden at its center. It takes about an hour to walk to the center on one long, meandering route. “Walking into the labyrinth is only half the journey,” Bull told MLive. “You need to walk out again.”

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Unfortunately, the 2019 Polar Vortex wiped out the the labyrinth’s lavender. While Cherry Point began replanting last spring, it’ll take a couple of years for the labyrinth to be completely restored. The good news is you’re still welcome to walk through it. Along with giving you the opportunity to reflect, the stroll leads to the herb garden at the center of the labyrinth, which remains intact. Arranged in the shape of flower petals, the garden’s 36 beds are filled with dozens of herbs.

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The labyrinth, which takes about an hour to walk, is open to anyone: church groups, herb societies, drumming circles or individuals seeking new experiences. There is no charge, and reservations are not needed. Even if you don’t have the hour, it is worth taking a look just to enjoy the sheer beauty of the labyrinth. The farm includes a market that is famous for cherries, strudel and daily fish boils during the summer season.

The address is 9600 West Buchanan Road, Shelby, MI 49455

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