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Labyrinth at Matthaei Botanical Gardens

The labyrinth at Matthaei Botanical Gardens is located in a restored prairie north and east of the botanical gardens’ main entry off Dixboro Rd. Because of its secluded location, it’s the perfect site for visitors to have a calming and restorative experience. When we walk in a labyrinth, we are able to focus on the experience – the sounds, the methodical steps, the center. When we reach our goal, we can further reflect. There are several styles of a labyrinths and the one chosen for Matthaei is a classical Baltic design, which originated in northwestern Europe near the Baltic Sea. It was chosen so visitors could opt to take a short route out of the center or retrace their steps.

The labyrinth is planted with buffalo grass (Buchloe dactyloides), an easy-to-maintain, drought-tolerant prairie grass. The entrance has native flowering plants for visual interest throughout the seasons. All of the plants are able to withstand periodic prescribed burns, as required in a prairie under restoration.

The labyrinth is at the Matthaei Botanical Gardens site.

How can you help? If you want future generations to experience the many living collections at Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum, please contact Meredith Olson, Director of Development, Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum,1800 N. Dixboro Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48105; merolson@umich.edu; 734.6477847

The labyrinth at Matthaei Botanical Gardens