De basisvorm van het labyrintA labyrinth is an ancient symbol found worldwide in different forms. It differs from a maze in that you follow one path, rather than choosing left or right. The path contains twists and turns, leading to the center and then outward again. The labyrinth at the Vlierhof was built in 2005 and is shaped like the one in the cathedral of Chartres in France, one of the largest worldwide. It contains a total of 56 turns from the entrance to the center and back.

 

 

 

 

 

The Vlierhof’s labyrinth was created with boxwood shrubs in the four cardinal directions and around the center, shaping the twists in these four directions. The edges of the paths are formed by field plants that naturally grow here and the paths themselves are covered in wood chips. Over the past few years some of the field plants have been replaced by various herbs. The circle has a diameter of 16m and 10 boundary edges (circles). In each of these circles there is a field plant. From the outside to the inside these are, respectively: st john’s wort, feverfew, strawberry, creeping buttercup, yarrow, ivy, sage, clover, hoary willowherb and herb robert. In the center there is a flower with six petals shaped with stones in different colors and textures.

Along the access path on both sides, there are beautiful wild botanical gardens (including protected plants) with different shapes and colors. This part of the garden is worked upon by selectively weeding and serves a tool for personal growth and development. Frederique is the designer and likes to give workshops  and guidance on request.