I grew up in a farming community. Our family didn’t have a farm, but I spent many days and weekends with friends who lived on large farms. Those were some great times. A farm is a magical place for a kid.
2 of my favorite activities on a farm were:
Running around in the corn fields, and
Building hay bale forts in the hay lofts.
The corn fields weren’t too big so getting lost wasn’t a problem – but they were big enough lose sense of direction and have the feeling of being in a maze.
When it came to building elaborate bale forts, I couldn’t get enough of it. I particularly liked building tunnel systems connecting a network of forts throughout the entire loft.
Hedge mazes are an elevated form of the corn fields and hay tunnels I enjoyed. There’s something awe-inspiring about garden mazes; both looking at them from afar and above as well as momentarily getting lost in them admiring the ingenuity, planning and endless effort in creating such a place.
My long-time appreciation of all maze-type structures and gardens inspired researching and posting these photos of hedge mazes, garden designs and labyrinths. While most of us would never endeavor to turn our yard into such an extravagant garden, it’s still fun to look and appreciate the effort, time and odd beauty of the intricate garden mazes that exist around the world.
Topiaries are an attractive and eye catching addition to any garden!
We love the gorgeous garden featured above, as well as the giant castle that shadows it!
Gardens of all shapes and sizes are a wonderful addition to any home, and enjoyable for all members of your family…even pets!
Jon Dykstra owns an interior design company in North Vancouver, British Columbia. He's fascinated by architecture and interiors. He also enjoys gardening at his "house in the burbs" and "homesteading" at his off-the-grid boat-access cabin.
Combine all that with a love of writing and Homestratsophere.com was born. He balances his working time between running his interior design company, working on his off-the-grid cabin and publishing homestratosphere.com.