Transformation on the East Lawn: A Labyrinthian Garden

Open Tuesday, May 14, through Sunday, May 19
Free with museum admission


Sometimes overlooked or mistaken as an extension of the adjacent New Orleans Country Club, the East Lawn is in fact another expansive garden room designed by Ellen Biddle Shipman in 1942. It paints a long green axis, providing a lovely vista and bringing into focus the Pond Garden when looking south. Essentially incorporating the borrowed landscape from the golf course, the East Lawn makes for a grand verdant backdrop to the Sterns' home.

To commemorate spring's transition into summer, a temporary labyrinth will be open May 14-19 on the historic East Lawn. Spanning approximately 45 feet in diameter, the classical design will be outlined with sand and natural materials. The purpose of the labyrinth is to provide another experience for the garden visitor. Typically, we experience gardens by walking through them. The Labyrinth invites visitors to spend time inside this garden. It offers each participant an alternate route as a way to appreciate other sensory aspects of the garden, to break from the visual distractions, to lose track of direction and to quiet the mind.

The labyrinth building on the East Lawn will be an exercise executed by the director of community initiatives and education. If you are interested in volunteering to be part of the collection of materials, building or take-down processes, please contact Hilairie Schackai at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details.