April 30, 2009

The labyrinth is abloom: Open house is May 2

When Professor Bill Miller's Herbaceous Plant Materials class planted a labyrinth in November 2007, poor weather and drainage resulted in a disappointing display.

Undeterred, this year's class planted a more ambitious labyrinth with more than 14,000 bulbs of daffodils, tulips and muscari topped with pansies.

The result is a stunning seven-ring classical Cretan labyrinth. Unlike mazes, labyrinths, which are intended for slow meditative walks as part of an ancient, contemplative tradition, have a single convoluted path to the center.

The blooming labyrinth (some 45 feet wide) will be open to the public Saturday, May 2, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Cornell's Bluegrass Lane Turf and Landscape Research Center off Warren Road.

Directions: From Warren Road, turn onto Blue Grass Lane, make second left on a dirt road and drive to the end. For more details on the labyrinth or directions, see http://hort.cals.cornell.edu/ or detailed Google map.