Lavender and Labyrinths

Purple Haze

 
  
 TeBri will be open for one Lavender and Wine Weekend in 2017.  
Stay tuned for dates.  We're letting the lavender decide as it has not been very predictable the last couple of years. 

(TeBri joined the Oregon Lavender Association four years ago and we had been participating in their annual Oregon Lavender Festival Tour the second weekend of July.  Each year though, we found that our Buena Vista Lavender Angustifolia bloomed a couple of weeks earlier than the later-blooming Lavendins (Grosso, Provence, etc).  With this constant heat in the summers, our growing season is changing, and last year we found that we needed to harvest our labyrinth before the OLA Festival tour date on that second July weekend.)  


         U-pick will be available for our Lavender and Wine Weekend, or you can pick up a bouquet of lavender in the 'Tique, along with lavender lemonade, and lavender oils and hydrosols, gifts and wine tasting.  

               Bring a picnic, taste some pinot noir, enjoy the view, 
                                                relax and stay awhile!



                                              We hope to see you then!
                              


Labyrinth 2012
                                                                                      Labyrinth July 2013
                                                                                                                                                                                               An early morning walk through the Labyrinth. 


We planted our Lavender Labyrinth in the Spring of 2009 with 680 local Oregon Buena Vista lavender.  Buena Vista a true Lavender Angustifolia, developed by retired Oregon State University botanist, Dr. Don Roberts.  This lavender has a dark blue color and superior fragrance.  Brian prepared the land, laid out the labyrinth circuits, and we set to work.  By the end of that day, it felt pretty good to sit in the circle of the future  gazebo.  Little did we know that we would be planting another 450 lavendin plugs in the next four years.   Once you have the                                                                        lavender bug, you simply must plant!

      July 2009



2010


The lavender labyrinth is planted in a ceremonial style, reminiscent of the Chartes Cathedral in France.  It features a dual entryway with mirrored walking paths that meet at the center with a unified exit path.  Two walk the labyrinth at the same time, meeting in the center to enter the 14-foot wide gazebo, perfect to enjoy a glass of TeBri or a spot of tea, all the while listening to the poetic hum of our ancient ally, the honey bee. 





Just west of the Lavender Labyrinth, we have created a 7-circuit Turf Labyrinth, a smaller version of the Chartes pattern, with one circular path in and out.  Walk the grass path edged by small stones, to reach the young maple that grows at the center of this labyrinth. 



Our Labyrinths.

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The Stone Circle sits just East of the Lavender Labyrinth.

A small stone circle surrounding a fire pit sits adjacent to the labyrinths, completing a soothing meditative triangle of lavender, grass, stone and trees. 












In the winter of 2012, we planted 300 Grosso, Gros Bleu and Jaubert lavender plants next to the labyrinth and in front of the barn.  These lavendins will bloom shortly after  the Buena Vista, giving us few more weeks of purple in the vineyard.  In the Summer of 2013, we added the spiral of 60 more Buena Vistas to use as a nursery for labyrinth plants that were struggling.  The half circle of 40 Impress Purple in the pasture was added purely to enhance the view from our bedroom window, but it will create a beautiful lavender greeting to guests upon arrival to the vineyard!


New Grosso and Gros Bleu Lavenders.     May 2013


Weddings in the Lavender.




In addition to coming out to the vineyard to enjoy a taste of TeBri Pinot Noir, the labyrinth and grounds offer a peaceful place to bring a picnic lunch or just relax and take in the lavender.   The labyrinth and grounds are also available for groups, weddings, rites of passage and ceremonies.  Please contact TeBri for more information. 



LABYRINTHS

Labyrinths and mazes are frequently confused.  A maze is a puzzle with many paths and dead-ends, leading the walker to confusion and decisions.  A labyrinth, however, has one way in and one way out.  The labyrinth is a symbol used as far back as ancient times, relating to safety, wholeness, meditation and prayer.  Prehistoric labyrinths were believed to have trapped malevolent spirits.  Mythological labyrinths secured the dangerous minotaur.  Medieval labyrinths provided symbolic forms of pilgrimages towards salvation and enlightenment.  Today's labyrinths are used to achieve a sense of contemplation, and to quiet the mind in a moment of peace as each path brings you slowly circling to the center and then out again.  

 http://www.oregonlavender.org/__Oregon Lavender Festival and Destinations
 www.labyrinthsociety.org ______Locate a labyrinth in your area.



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