Aug 7, 2009
In Greek mythology, the Labyrinth was an elaborate structure designed and built by the legendary artificer Daedalus for King Minos of Crete at Knossos. Its function was to hold the Minotaur, a creature that was half man and half bull and was eventually killed by the Athenian hero Theseus. Daedalus had made the Labyrinth so cunningly that he himself could barely escape it after he built it
The Largest Plant Maze in the World
In 1996, the year the largest plant maze in the world was created at Reignac-sur-Indre in Touraine, 85,000 visitors came to admire and lose themselves in the middle of its 4-hectare (10-acre) expanse. Each year, a maze of corn or sunflowers emerges from the ground over the summer, is harvested in the autumn, and then reappears the following year in a different form, thanks to a well-proven technique of sowing and marking out. This site takes its inspiration from an older tradition in the art of landscaping
The oldest hedge maze in Britain
The oldest hedge maze in Britain is the Hampton Court maze; ; not so huge, perhaps, but amazing considering that it was built in 1689 and is written about in novels and poems. Hundreds of thousands of people visit this maze that was created during the time of William of Orange.
“The ‘Imprint’ is a hedge maze design in the shape of a foot in Gloucestershire. Built in1975, it is based on the Minotaur design and portrays the footprint of a Colossus.”
World’s most complicated Maze
The maze at Villa Pisani, in the Veneto region of Italy, was created in the early 1700s, and is said to be once of the world’s most complicated. Located in the town of Stra, the maze is made up of layers of pathways in 12 concentric rings with high hedges leading to a central tower. Famously, because Napoleon had once been lost in the maze, when Hitler and Mussolini met for a chin wag there, neither of them were willing to venture into the maze in case they too got lost. Imagine the path of history then.
The Most famous traditional Hedge Maze
Ashcombe Maze is Australia’s oldest and most famous traditional Hedge Maze, located at Shoreham on the east of the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria.
Stroll around 25 acres of internationally acclaimed garden settings with over 10 garden displays with individual themes that change with every season of the year.
Get lost in the Circular Rose Maze – the first of its kind planted anywhere in the world! Savour over 1200 rose bushes of 200 fragrant varieties chosen for colour and perfume. The object is to find your way to the centre – and then find your way out. Or you can just stop and smell the roses…
The traditional Hedge Maze is planted with more than 1000 cypress trees and thousands of metres of pathways. Now more than 3 metres high and 2 metres thick, the Mazekeeper clips the hedges 3 times a year to keep it sculpted into a curvaceous challenge that will delight and inspire.
Pineapple Garden Maze
Officially the world’s largest maze, according to the Guinness Book of Records 2001, the Pineapple Garden Maze offers over three miles of paths on three acres. You really wouldn’t want to get lost. It is located in Waimea Bay, Hawaii at Dole Plantation and certainly looks scary from the air.
Georgeson Botanical Garden
The maze at Georgeson Botanical Garden in Fairbanks is a mostly completed work in progress. The following photograph shows it with three petals finished, but since that picture was made a fourth petal has been planted, and this summer the fifth petal is being completed, all with Siberian pea shrub (Caragana arborescens). Seven years in the making, this hedge maze is worth studying.
Chatres Cathedral in France
Also known as Chemin de Jerusalem, the labyrinth design within the pavement of the nave of Chatres Cathedral is the earliest surviving example of the medieval Christian design. It is unique because of its central “rose” and the 112 cusps around the outside. Its design is of an 11-circuit labyrinth (instead of the pagan seven-ring cretan one) broken up by a cross laid over the entire design.
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