Wellesley park gets a landscape labyrinth
Members of the Hills Garden Club of Wellesley and town officials recently celebrated the completion of a project to build a landscape labyrinth at Elm Park.
The structure, made of large gray granite cobblestones built into the grass, is located on the west side of the park — also known as Clock Tower Park — at the entrance on Washington Street.
Years in the planning and construction, the labyrinth is a joint initiative of the Hills Garden Club of Wellesley and the town. The club funded the work while the town’s landscape planner, Cricket Vlass, conceived the project and its design in consultation with the town’s Natural Resources Commission and the club.
The design features an interweaving of stone and grass within the existing ground plane. Deb Robi, a club spokesperson, said the structure is intended to provide a contemplative and peaceful oasis for local residents and visitors to enjoy and explore.
The new structure will add to another permanent feature of the park, the distinctive granite tower that contains the clock and its bell.
The labyrinth project was funded with a portion of the proceeds of a public tour of member home gardens that the garden club offered in 2015 as part of its 60th anniversary celebration. In some of its other activities, the club assists the town each summer with Elm Park cleanup and maintenance, and every October, plants hundreds of spring bulbs in the park.