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8 breathtaking garden mazes

Aug. 20, 2014, 9:22 a.m.
VanDusen Hedge Maze

Photo: Kent Wang/flickr

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VanDusen Botanical Garden

While not particularly big, old or gimmicky, the classic Elizabethan hedge maze at VanDusen Botanical Garden in Vancouver is incredibly pretty.

Planted in 1981 with 3,000 pyramidal cedars, the maze is a perfect place for quiet contemplation. You’ll find it on the far west side of the garden near the apiary, the fern dell and the veggie patch. Just be sure to get your bearings before the gardens close for the night. It's just one photogenic horticultural highlight of this superb 55-acre facility. Aside from the plant collections themselves, don't miss the botanical garden’s visitor centre, a gorgeous work of sustainable architecture designed to meet the super stringent criteria established by the Living Building Challenge.