Mayfield is opening up the full private Hawkins garden during the Summer Festival. The decision to open up the private garden was made to ensure visitors could get a more complete picture and understanding of the garden as it transitions and adapts to the Summer months. The full garden is now open during all four seasonal festivals.
In Summer, visitors can now visit the family chapel, the amazing box hedge maze, the cascade and also enjoy rowing boats on Mayfield Lake around the Chinese Pagoda – free access to rowboats and lifejackets on the far side of Mayfield Lake near the Sphere Sculpture (free with garden entry). Play interactive garden games like croquet, bocce, and giant chess which can be found throughout the garden. There is also a Ping-Pong table in the Woodfire Garden.
Summer’s featured plants are the hydrangeas blooming in purples, pinks, and blues and you’ll see these as you entre Mayfield Garden. You’ll love the water lilies in the water garden and why not listen out for our resident Eastern Banjo Frogs (Pobblebonk). It wouldn’t be a seasonal festival unless the Hawkins’ Family Garden was open.
The Hawkins’ Family Rose Garden
Features rose varieties including Old World, Hybrid Tea, David Austin, Carpet Roses, and Crepuscule Noisette. The Rose Garden is found along the path beyond the Sunken Garden Rooms adjacent to the Parterre and the Croquet Court as you walk up toward the Hawkins’ Family Amphitheatre.
What an amazing garden, we could have stayed all day and enjoyed the many places just to sit and take in the garden. The incredible vision of the family that created this garden is just amazing. Walking around you didn’t know what to look at first, so much to see, the different waterfalls and water features. Would highly recommend to any gardener or anyone that just enjoys the relaxing atmosphere of an incredible garden. Then enjoy lunch in the Cafe. Wonderful place with friendly staff.
We visited this amazing garden in the central tablelands. It is the vision of Garrick Hawkins… who has decided to create a ‘garden’ in the European style in Australia. It’s just astonishing-it is built on an astonishing scale, particularly with the climate in mind. I suspect there’s more to see in spring and autumn, but the scale of the ambition is jaw-dropping. We had an outstanding lunch too-high quality cooking. Do make the effort to seek it out.
Words won’t do this wonderful place justice. The gardens are different every time we visit, this time we enjoyed rowing on the lake which was new. They have a fantastic menu with beautiful view and fireplace. The best value nursery I have been able to find also, so much cheaper than Sydney for beautiful plants. The history of the garden museum just opened there too….. looking forward to going back once the snow starts… and try the glamping!!
Overwhelming beauty! Simply the best garden I have seen. A beautifully designed and maintained piece of art. That the owner has decided to share this amazing place with the public is a boon for all visitors.
Amazing!!! Best gardens we’ve been to!! Have been to plenty! Beautiful displays of plants and trees and water views. Immaculate presentation. Can’t wait to come back in the Autumn.