The West Bend Labyrinth Gardens provides an inspirational and beautiful setting for meditation and reflections. Built in 2005 by an all volunteer workforce in the City of West Bend, Wisconsin, the Labyrinth Garden Earth Sculpture was designed in the tradition of a seven-circuit Cretan labyrinth, and is 90 feet in diameter. The grassy pathway is lined with a garden full of perennials, annuals, herbs, bulbs and ornamental grasses. The Labyrinth Garden is maintained by local volunteers.
Found in many different countries and cultures labyrinths have been created for centuries. Unlike a maze with false turns and dead ends, a labyrinth is a pattern that contains a single pathway that turns back on itself at least once before leading to the center. The reasons for the use of the labyrinth in the past are elusive, but today’s applications are geared toward the health of the mind, spirit and body; walking the labyrinth acts as a moving meditation, often relaxing even to those that cannot sit still.
Gardening keeps the mind and body healthy and active, as well as offering a meaningful opportunity for social interaction. Retired schoolteacher Barb Robertson first saw a labyrinth garden in Montana. She was so impressed that she decided to build a labyrinth garden in her own hometown, West Bend, Wisconsin. After gathering a few grants to get started, permission from the city and a core of dedicated volunteers, the West Bend Labyrinth Garden Earth Sculpture became a reality.
The West Bend Labyrinth Gardens is open to all visitors in season, the garden provides an inspirational and beautiful setting for meditation and reflections. The Labyrinth Gardens is enjoyed by individuals, couples, families and groups. Church groups, garden clubs, wedding couples and parties, photography buffs and others looking for a peaceful setting. Designated a Daylilly Display Garden in 2009 by the American Hemerocallis Society, the garden has become a showplace for thousands of gorgeous blooms each summer. The garden is located within Regner Park, 800 N. Main Street, West Bend. Visiting the garden and parking are free! The labyrinth garden is enjoyed by individuals, families, church groups, garden clubs, wedding couples and parties, photograpy buffs and others looking for a peaceful setting.