The Gardens at Gantz Farm has been educating Central Ohio about herbs for the last 20 years.

The Gardens at Gantz Farm has been educating Central Ohio about herbs for the last 20 years.

A 20th anniversary celebration for the gardens and a grand opening of the new labyrinth is scheduled from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 5.

"We're really doing it up right," said Alice Sweeley, one of six volunteers who have been helping with the garden since it was first created.

The 20th anniversary party will be held at Gantz Park, 2255 Home Road, and will include yoga demonstrations led by Rich Hart and Gina McClung, mini-massages, snacks, and a make-and-take station with herbal products and culinary bouquets.

"Mayor (Richard 'Ike') Stage is going to be our master of ceremonies and (former Ohio first lady) Hope Taft is going be there," Sweeley said. "We're going to introduce our rain barrels and our water gardens."

A jazz ensemble will accompany the event, which will include a ribbon-cutting ceremony to open the labyrinth.

"We're trying to focus on the meditation part of the labyrinth," urban forester Jodee Lowe said. "That's why we brought in the yoga and the massage people."

A labyrinth is not a maze because it is flat, and has no false paths. Its single path will lead a person to the labyrinth's center.

Religious and spiritual tradition says those who walk the labyrinth will derive personal blessings.

The labyrinth in Grove City is based on on at Chartres Cathedral in France, built in about 1200.

The Gantz labyrinth was installed in November 2010, but arrived to little fanfare because of the weather. The ribbon-cutting ceremony will introduce the labyrinth - and brand new signs explaining its meaning and history - to the public.

"We'll be giving tours of the labyrinth, the herb gardens and the rain gardens as well during the celebration," Lowe said.

In addition, the ceremony will honor six volunteers who have been with the garden since its beginning: Claire Beglen, Sandy Collins, Jane Goodin, Darlene Hunter, Jewell Lykins and Sweeley.

In the gardens' early days, Barbara Williams taught interested volunteers the basics of herbs.

"It was a rigorous course," Sweeley said. "We had quizzes and we had homework to do."

Of the 10 or 11 people in that original class, six are still actively involved with the gardens.

Sweeley said she hopes the anniversary celebration will draw Grove City residents who have never visited the gardens before.

"It's very worthwhile," she said. "We've got this wonderful facility and there are people who haven't even been there."