Buildings and Grounds

Living Labyrinth Update August 2017

Our living labyrinth has been very thirsty in recent days. Without water for nearly a week, I found that the thing about plants growing long roots when you don’t water regularly really is true. I moved a few calendula seedlings and their root was very long, reaching (unsuccessfully) for a drink. Calendula There are calendula at all stages from full bloom (and seeds) down to tiny sprouts. The name calendula is related to the word calendar. Timed right for planting and without a really cold winter, we should have calendula blooms all year ’round. Feel free to pick flowers and put in salads or make a massage oil. The more the flowers are picked, the more they put out.   Hardy Perennials The cranesbill geranium are flourishing in this area. They’ve at least doubled since last year. As I was tending some areas that were crowded a few weeks ago, … Continued

Planted Labyrinth closeup Photos

Taking a walk on the planted labyrinth, you’ll see a lot more detail than the view from outside. Here’s what’s showing up on June 15, 2017.Thank you, Darlene, for enjoying walking the labyrinth in the rain in her bare feet and taking these photos as well. There are strawberries, lambs ears blossoms, geraniums, and the calendulas are just beginning.

Courtyard Labyrinth

Courtyard Labyrinth   When the courtyard paving needed replacing a team designed a labyrinth pattern. Walk on the grey pavers. Eventually we hope to have a bench in the centre and an inviting planted area.

Our Labyrinth in the News

Mary Bennett was interviewed by the Vancouver Courier in August, 2016 Meditative labyrinths come full circle in Vancouver Pat Johnson / Vancouver Courier AUGUST 30, 2016 11:54 AM There are two new labyrinths in town, thanks in part to Mary Bennett, who says that although walking a labyrinth can be a form of meditation, it’s also a process with a beginning, a middle and an end. Photograph By Dan Toulgoet From a distance, it can be weird to see people walking by themselves slowly in a circle. Up close, it can still look odd. But when you understand the intention of people pacing a labyrinth, it is charming and enticing. By definition, labyrinths can often be almost invisible. A new one at the Unitarian Church of Vancouver could be mistaken merely for a nice design in the paving stones of a courtyard. On the other hand, many are elaborate and … Continued