Labyrinths are beautiful. Their circular, geometric paths allow for walking meditations, and they are rich with symbolism. Some people have made the analogy that walking through a labyrinth is like taking a journey to the center of one’s self and then, eventually, emerging back into the world.
Now picture a labyrinth made of paths of lavender plants and earth mounds. The labyrinth’s center also boasts an array of herb gardens. When the breeze picks up, the scent of lavender blooms intermingles with that of basil — nature creating its own soothing aromatherapy blend.
Sounds like a dream, yes? But this lavender labyrinth and herb garden exists in real life! It’s at Cherry Point Farm and Market in western Michigan, outside of Grand Rapids.
Check out a birds-eye view of the labyrinth, as posted on Cherry Point Farm and Market’s official Instagram account:
Guests here are welcome to walk and experience the lavender labyrinth for free. But if you want to experience it in all of its purple-hued glory, you’ve got a three-week window to get to Michigan.
The bloom typically begins between July 8 and 15, and it continues for a few weeks into August, according to those at Cherry Point Farm and Market.
If you’re in need of relaxation, a labyrinth filled with lavender just might do the trick.
Scientists confirm the scent of lavender can help reduce stress and bring about a mellow feeling, according to a review published in Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience.
Traditionally, Cherry Point has been a cherry farm, where sweet and tart cherries grow. The farm has also previously grown apples, peaches, asparagus and raspberries. The lavender is among its latest offerings.
The labyrinth and herb garden were thoughtfully constructed. In all, it boasts 36 herbal beds. The 12 outermost beds contain herbs grown in Michigan in the full sun. The middle 12 are culinary.
The innermost 12 all fall under specific themes, such as “medicinal herbs,” “insecticide herbs” and “herbs used for dye.”
The intent, according to those who run the farm, is to teach visitors about the various purposes of herbs.
Check out a view of the herb garden in the Instagram post below:
The chives are typically the first to bloom, arriving in late May or early June. From then until the first frost, there’s always something in bloom.
Are you ready to book a relaxing getaway to Michigan this summer?