Maze Garden

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2005 created
On May 21, 2005 The Morton Arboretum introduced guests to its own twist on the traditional hedge maze. Designed by the Arboretum's landscape architects, Scott Mehaffey and Peggy Pelkonen, the one-acre Maze Garden challenges visitors to find seven outdoor "rooms" instead of a central destination. Each room features a different type of plant with seasonal interest including:
  • Hedge maple (Acer campestre)
  • Golden Glory Cornelian-cherry dogwood (Cornus mas 'Golden Glory')
  • Northwind switch grass (Panicum virgatum 'Northwind')
  • Meadowlark forsythia (Forsythia 'Meadowlark')
  • Tinkerbelle lilac (Syringa 'Bailbelle')
  • Autumn Jazz arrowwood viburnum (Viburnum dentatum 'Ralph Senior')
  • Eastern white pine (Pinus strobus)
The main body of the maze, though, is composed of over 2,400 yews. Chosen for its moderate growth rate and upright narrow shape, the most common yew in the garden is a columnar Japanese yew, Taxus cuspidata 'Columnaris'. To get a birds-eye view of the maze's shape, guests can climb onto the lookout platform built around a 60-foot tall sycamore tree, and the Arboretum's youngest visitors can enjoy the smaller toddler maze.