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About the Labyrinth and Garden

The David Barton Community Labyrinth and Reflective Garden, funded through private donations, is being built in two phases. The first phase, installing the labyrinth, is complete. Come enjoy the labyrinth, all are welcome! The second phase, planting the reflective gardens, will begin in Spring of 2013. View a map showing the location of the labyrinth.

The Paths of Peace labyrinth pattern was designed by Stillwater resident Lisa Moriarty. The image to the left is a drawing of what the gardens will look like once complete. More plans and drawings.


Your donation will help us add plantings, benches, pathways, and tables to the gardens. To make a donation to support the building of the Labyrinth and Garden, you may pay online (select David Barton Gardens as the program) or print and mail a pledge card [PDF]. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.

How to Walk the Labyrinth

Labyrinths have been used for centuries by many different cultures as places of reflection and meditation. While there is no "right way" to walk a labyrinth, there is usually an entrance and path that leads walkers to the center. Walkers then typically exit the labyrinth in the same manner that they entered. At Metropolitan State University, the entrance to the labyrinth faces 7th street, and the path itself is made of grass and lined with bricks (you walk on the grass).

Photo of David Barton in a garden

About David Barton

David Barton was Dean of the Metropolitan State University Library from 2002 until his death in 2012. He was an avid gardener. To learn more about him and what he meant to the library and university, please see our October 2012 Newsletter dedicated to him.


The photo below is the labyrinth as viewed from the third floor of the library, covered in the first snow of the year. More photos of the labyrinth.



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