Those who think that wandering through a sweet-smelling lavender field is only possible in Europe, think again because there's one on a farm in Michigan.
The lavender farm is one of the best places to check out in rural Michigan. Located in the Cherry Point Farm and Market, visitors can walk through what seems to be an endless lavender labyrinth, which opens to a majestic herb garden at the center.
The farm is situated at 9600 W. Buchanan Road, Shelby Michigan, which is an hour away from famous tourist spots in the area, such as Silver Lake sand dunes. The said farm has been operating for a long time and is the perfect place to stop by for some fruits before heading over to Lake Michigan.
What To Expect
The lavender is in bloom now. It blossoms from mid to late July, with its colors lasting up to early August. During the summer months, the herb garden also never runs out of plants in bloom.
After the maze turns into a vibrant shade in July, it is collected and dried in the late fall. With other plants such as field grass and other native Michigan plants such as clover, purple vetch, hollyhocks, and black-eyed Susans, the long route of the maze weaves back and forth to the center. Once visitors reach the herb garden, they have to find their way out once more.
The spectacular labyrinth resembles a flower when it is viewed from above, surrounded by tons of beautiful blooms. The area is so big that it can be seen on Google Earth.
The asymmetrical maze was designed by Barbara Bull, owner of Cherry Point, and architect and artist Conrad Heiderer in 2001. Walking towards the center attraction of the maze will take about an hour. However, Bull said that it is not just about reaching the center.
Great Way To Destress
Bull said that visitors forget their worries when they walk on the labyrinth. She added that while experiencing it, they should not think about the next phone call they have to make, the e-mail they have to send, or just about anything on their to-do list. Just be present and appreciate the surroundings.
Although walking the labyrinth does not require any fee, people might have to spend to try Cherry Point's popular delicacies such as homemade pies, jellies, breads, jams, and strudels that are made with fruits from trees surrounding the maze such as cherries, peaches, pears, plums, and apricots.
For those planning to visit, it is open every day from 8:00 a.m. up to 9:00 p.m. until Labor Day, and from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. between Sept. 4 and Oct. 31.