Labyrinth Planting Day at Ohr O’Keefe Museum of Art

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Volunteers didn’t let the heat stop them from getting a little dirty planting a Labyrinth garden at Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art.

What was once the site of the former Tullis-Toledano Manor will now be home to Labyrinth semi-permanent garden structure. Over 125 shrubs were planted to create a meditative maze. Marketing and Public Relations Director Molly Jo Shea said, “First, we were going to do kind of a walking path kind of garden, but the more we thought about it and the mission and this mission that we have been wanting as part of the museum to kind of have more plants and more native wildlife here. It made more sense for us to actually have a significant hedge labyrinth.”

The museum received the plants from a nursery out of Louisiana. The garden is to educate the community on the different types of native plants that were used by the Native Americans. Event Organizer Mark LaSalle said, “We’re using a native plant that was used for cooking. It’s used for medicinal. It’s also a great plant to use in landscaping.”

Native plants are easy to plant and thrive in the local weather. “These plants, while they look kind of small right now, will grow out and be really bushy and pretty soon you know, you will have a little bit of a maze to kind of walk through.”

The museum wants to not only showcase art, but also nature. “It’s here to be engaging with the community and that’s something that we really care about at the Ohr-O’Keefe Art Museum.”