Labyrinth of lavender in Shelby

SHELBY, Mich. -- It's an intricate garden you can see from Google Earth, with winding pathways and a Stonehenge-like center, but what exactly is it? Turns out it's a labyrinth of lavender.


A stone marks the beginning of the winding rows of lush lavender bushes, an area with so much life that got it's start from death.

Cherry Point Farm owner Barbara Bull explains, "There is a soil born micro-organism in the soil at this location on the farm that will kill a tart cherry orchard, it will eventually die. It killed the last orchard that was here."

An area of farmland surrounded by healthy cherry orchards, but cannot grow them would be a problem for most farmers, but not for Barbara, who already had a deep seeded love for lavender.

"I've always loved lavender and it is particularly suited to grow here," she said.


The sandy soil of the spot is just right for growing lavender, so Bull planted a complete labyrinth of it.

"A Labyrinth by definition is a long circuitous path from one outside point to an inner goal," Bull tells FOX 17.

Walking the labyrinth, designed to center the mind, will lead you to the stone circle and it's intriguing herb garden.

"It's a celebration of the senses and it's a culmination of that long walk through the lavender," Bull explains.

The garden is open for anyone, anytime and Bull says it will always be free.

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