Annual Day Lily Sale is today until noon

Published 12:00 am Thursday, May 22, 2003

The annual Day Lily Sale to benefit The Labyrinth at Troy State University will be held from 8 a.m. until noon on Saturday at the home of Dr. David Dye at 417 Murphree Street.

The lilies are dug and marked as to species and colors so buyers can selected exactly which lilies they want to add to their lawns.

The lilies will be sold, two fans for $5. However, those spend $20 will get an extra two fans free.

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The funds from the day lily sales have been used to reduce the debt incurred from The Labyrinth project. Dr. Robert Pullen said this year's sale should retire the debt, and future day lily sales will support the upkeep of The Labyrinth and

support other projects, perhaps a annual scholarship for a student who plans a career in the arts, Dye said.

The Labyrinth at Troy State University has become a popular place of quiet time and reflection for students and community members.

Pullen said the design of The Labyrinth has become more prominent with the growth of its border.

Pullen said a labyrinth is a spiritual tool - a path of prayer - a walking meditation.

"Each walk is a different experience for each person," Pullen said. "A labyrinth is not the same as a maze. With a labyrinth there are no decisions to be made, no tricks, no dead ends and its whole is always visible."

A maze, on the other hand, is a puzzle with many possibly routes.

"Mazes are meant to disorient the seeker and are often made with high shrubbery or walls so that a person who enters the maze can get lost, run into dead ends or miss the exit," Pullen said. "A labyrinth has only one path that leads the seeker into the center and back out again."

Walking The Labyrinth can be a time of prayer, meditation, reflection or for psycho-spiritual healing.

Each person who walks The Labyrinth will experience the journey in three parts - the way in, the center and the way out.