Fall is the time of year when pumpkin patches pop up and corn mazes open across the country. The corn maze is a popular fall activity that many families flock to. However, these mazes are also seen in several horror movies and can insight fear in those who know the scary stories associated with it (who can forget “Children of the Corn”?) A farm in Michigan has a new, more soothing take on the fall favorite with its incredible lavender maze.
In 2001, lavender maze owner Barbara Bull started work on a the meditative labyrinth with the help of artist and architect Conrad Heiderer. Bull is also the owner of Cherry Point Farm and Market in Shelby, Mich., where the lavender maze is located. It’s home to several appetizing, homegrown and homemade foods such as pies, breads, jams and fudge.
Bull designed the asymmetrical maze and put an herb garden in the center. Leisurely walking to the center takes about an hour.
Another unique aspect of the lavender maze is that it peaks in the springtime and continues to bloom throughout the summer. Once it dries up at the end of fall, the lavender is collected for future use. Throughout the maze, visitors can also find apple, peach and cherry trees, along with other plants that are native to the area, such as black-eyed Susans and wild hollyhocks.
The lavender maze is free and visitors are welcome to drop by and take a stroll anytime. What a nice, therapeutic change from the fall norm.