This 20,000-square-foot Sunflower Maze Is Instagram's New Favorite Place To Explore

The maze features 100 different types of sunflowers.

A garden maze full of various sunflower types on a hazy day
Photo: Courtesy of Woodstock Inn & Resort

The Woodstock Inn & Resort in Woodstock, Vermont invites everyone to come and experience the "flower power" at their Billings Farmstead Garden site.

Benjamin Pauly, the historic inn's master gardener, orchestrated a massive floral experience at the property's Billings Farm & Museum for guests to come and enjoy. The mandala-inspired 20,000-square-foot sunflower house, located just a half-mile away from the Woodstock Inn, perfectly encapsulates Pauly's passion for gardening, blending his skillsets in architecture and landscape design (he has a degree in both).

Aerial view of garden maze in Vermont
Courtesy of Woodstock Inn & Resort
Someone tending harden of sunflowers and pumpkins in Vermont
Courtesy of Woodstock Inn & Resort

The gorgeous yellow garden is made up of thousands of blooming sunflowers — and over 100 varieties — planted in a "maze-like structure" to form various rooms and hallways that guests can explore. The sunflowers range in height from 14 to 18 feet and come in captivating hues of color. The hotel's website explains, "the space will feature broad brush strokes of blooms of all shapes and sizes with a color palette ranging from orange and red to golden yellow."

Pauly, lovingly referred to as "The Tomato Whisperer," is responsible for the creation of other on-property displays, as well. Each season, he grows 55 types of tomatoes at the inn's Kelly Way Gardens, including prized heirloom and hybrid varieties that are used in the kitchens of the inn's four restaurants. Pauly's Gourdwalk exhibit consists of a 135-foot-long and 9-foot-high trellised archway containing 17 varieties of vining gourds. Visitors are invited to stroll through the tunnel and check out the long, skinny gourds, and also the bulbous, speckled varietals. (Hint: It's best to view the gourds in late summer, just before picking.)

The must-see (and incredibly Instagram-worthy) garden also has an adjacent museum, and sits on the property of a working dairy farm. Visitors are welcome to pack a picnic lunch and stay for the day, enjoying educational exhibits, interactive programs, and other garden displays, including a permaculture garden and a pollinator garden.

See the inn's beautiful garden offerings and book a stay here.

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