Kids go free at Wisley this month, and families have been positively swarming through the gates, attracted by a host of activities. Among them are our mazes.
Our Amazing Maize Maze opened on 1st August and has been incredibly popular. Its design is based on the face of a giant panda, to help celebrate the Olympic Games being held in China at the moment. The sweetcorn (maize), sunflower border and Rudbeckia and Pennisetum edging, with runner beans knitting it together were all supplied by Thompson and Morgan, and their Managing Director, Paul Hansord, came down to see how his seeds had grown.
If you can successfully make your way to the central platform you’ll receive a certificate of congratulations.
Our other maze is on the green turf of Seven Acres, not too far from the Glasshouse. The design of this grass maze is a Hopi Indian ‘Man In Maze’. According to legend; in the beginning, Elder Brother needed a safe place to hide from his enemies while getting the world ready for the People. He decided to build a home in the centre of a mountain and created many small paths through the mountain so that, although they could see the entrance at the edge of the mountain, his enemies got lost and died in the darkness before they could reach him. For his friends, Elder Brother made a map so that they could reach his cave safely.
This map is the design we see today on baskets and jewellery, and now at Wisley!We hope you will enjoy walking round it or just looking at the pattern.
These mazes are open for you to enjoy (Maize Maze closed in bad weather) throughout August, and possibly into September. We look forward to seeing you.