Tranquility in the Secluded Prairie Labyrinth

The labyrinth at Matthaei Botanical Gardens offers a serene escape within the restored prairie, nestled to the north and east of the main entry. Its seclusion provides a tranquil space for visitors to unwind and rejuvenate.

Photo by: John Metzler


Exploring the Baltic-inspired Labyrinth

Walking the labyrinth invites a unique experience, encouraging visitors to immerse in the moment - from the natural sounds to the deliberate steps leading to the heart of the labyrinth. Upon reaching the center, one can further contemplate and reflect.

Our labyrinth design draws inspiration from the classical Baltic style, originating in northwestern Europe near the Baltic Sea. This particular design was chosen with the visitor's experience in mind. It provides the option to either follow a shorter path out of the center or retrace one's steps for a more extended journey.

Resilient Buffalo Grass and Native Blooms

The labyrinth is planted with buffalo grass (Buchloe dactyloides), a low-maintenance, drought-resistant prairie grass. Native flowering plants at the entrance offer visual interest throughout the seasons. Importantly, all the plants within the labyrinth can endure periodic prescribed burns, as required in the ongoing restoration of the prairie