After years of trying to keep up with the overgrowth of our labyrinth, we are going to dismantle it. Aside from twice when we invited friends, we have had 3 visitors since it was installed. We have mulched and remulched it 3 times. I have moved those rocks 4 times. I’m tired of the cost of mulch. I’m tired of the guilt of not keeping it up in the heat. Chuck’s tired of weed eating it. And I don’t feel like it’s doing anything for anyone.
So, we’re going to lift up the plastic and overgrown mulch in February and plant clover seeds in the ring around the center. We’re going to keep the center intact and create a place for flowers. Andy’s daffodils will continue to come up. I think I’ll move my irises from the side where the blueberries are. And we’ll finish off the hazelnut hedge with butterfly bushes.
I’m not sure what I’m going to do with the gazing ball. But, I’m not disposing of it. I don’t intend to quit walking. I’m just not going to have one in my yard anymore.
Faith Presbyterian Church at 6309 W. Friendly Avenue in Greensboro has a Chartres labyrinth in the front yard. You can’t miss it.
There’s a pine tree in the center with resting seats around it.
There’s a traffic light at one entrance to the church parking lot. Or you can turn down Auburndale Drive. Parking goes all the way around the building so it is easy in and out.
The labyrinth has been there for a while. But, I only found out about it recently.
5603 Hilltop Road, Jamestown is just a little way from Guilford College Road.
They have a nice, big, sunny parking lot.
There’s a kind of driveway/minister’s parking spot to the right of the buildings. And a very nice flower garden between that and HIlltop Road.
The labyrinth is right behind the building. It’s paint on pavers.
And it’s kind of odd. It has 2 entrances/exits. You can walk straight in on the right, turn around and walk straight out. Or you can go in on the left and have a more usual winding, Cretan-type path. And you can walk back the same way. Or you can go in one way and out the other.
There is a bench for contemplation, flowers, and a surprising lack of traffic noise considering the proximity of the road.