Lois B. Small and Gladys B. Hamilton Labyrinth Garden

2001 Fyffe Court (The Ohio State University), Columbus, OH 43210

(614) 688-3479


A revival of labyrinths, which are circuits that are laid out for contemplative walking, began just a few years ago. The Ohio State University Chadwick Arboretum is part of that revival, and now has a very unique labyrinth in its Lane Avenue Gardens. The labyrinth is modeled after the famous 11-circuit Chartres Cathedral Labyrinth in France that was built nearly 800 years ago. The labyrinth was made possible through a generous gift from Dr. Edwin B. and Nancy S. Hamilton in loving memory of their mothers, Lois B. Small and Gladys B. Hamilton. It was dedicated July 16, 2000 and has become a very popular tour destination since then. The labyrinth symbolizes the cyclic journey that each of us must take daily and seasonally throughout our lives as we follow a path to unity and wholeness. While reaching the center of the labyrinth is a goal, every participant in this ancient ritual will approach the center and then be taken back to an outer circuit that is far removed from their destination. Eventually, however, the center is reached. The lesson of the labyrinth is simple: As long as you persist, you will reach your destination. The Lois B. Small and Gladys B. Hamilton Labyrinth Garden is located inside the Chadwick Arboretum and Learning Gardens.