In Harbor Way Gardens in Wrightsville Beach, two massive
water oaks succumbed to Hurricane Florence in 2017, taking
down several smaller trees as they fell. The storm’s impact on
the garden was devastating, and the grounds were closed to the
public for three months as Harbor Island Garden Club members
worked to restore what had been lost and determine what to do
in the clearing created by the fallen oaks.
Garden Club member Wylene Booth McDonald had learned
about the labyrinths at Church of the Servant and Lower Cape
Fear Hospice. A labyrinth seemed like the perfect addition to fill
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the void in the garden and to provide a space for healing after
the hurricane and beyond. Nearly all the work in Harbor Way
Gardens is done by volunteers, and the installation was no excep-tion.
Club member Elise Running recruited her husband, Robert,
and daughter, Kati, to lay the brick path.
The Harbor Way Garden labyrinth is a five-circuit medieval
pattern, long enough for a few moments of contemplation, but short
enough for a brief visit to slow down in the middle of a busy day.
The labyrinth, like all of Harbor Way Gardens, located at the
intersection of West Salisbury Street and Causeway Drive.