The Military Memorial Contemplation Garden inside the New
Hanover County Arboretum was installed “to create a unique space of
solitude and reflection honoring those who have chosen service above
self” in the five branches of the military, as then-Extension Director Al
Hight explained when the garden was dedicated on Veterans Day 2015.
At the center is a labyrinth laid in contrasting pavers.
Hight led the effort to install the memorial garden and
labyrinth, which is a five-circuit, medieval design. The garden
was dedicated in honor of Durwood Baggett, an Army veteran
awarded the Bronze Star and former county extension agent.
Tucked into the eastern corner of the arboretum grounds, the
labyrinth is intended to provide a focal point for the memorial
garden and a space for contemplation. The labyrinth is accessible
to the public whenever the arboretum is open.