The walk through the garden was a delight. We spent an hour working our way around the different paths – through the water features, the ponds, the grotto (which was my daughter’s favourite – I think we went through there a dozen times), the obelisk…such an amazing garden. Even though it was winter, and a lot of the trees and plants weren’t in leaf or flower, there was still a beauty to the starkness of it that left a lasting memory in my mind. Finally, just to round out the trip, my daughter discovered the massive chess set – and was absolutely delighted with that.
Although we visited in winter the Gardens were well worth visiting. Every time you turn a corner or something else you don’t expect comes into view. We enjoyed the gardens, fountains, The Grotto and 5 [ponds]. We will definitely be back in spring when the gardens should be at their best.
I went with the kids, they absolutely had a ball. Food was great as well.
The Hawkins’ Family Parterre is a formal garden constructed on a level substrate, featuring symmetrical patterns created by the English Box Hedge and the Islamic-influenced pond which is all connected by the brick, gravel, and stone pathways.
Situated below to the Rose Garden and the Hawkins’ Family Croquet Court, the Parterre offers stunning views of Mayfield Lake and the distant hills which surround Mayfield. Listen to the peaceful sound of the wind through the grove of birches as you wander between the trees of the Italian Pencil Pines.
When the deciduous trees lose their leaves, areas like the Parterre come to life. In winter the hand-cut and hand-laid bluestone, which is the foundation of much of Mayfield Garden, is the star and the sculptures found throughout the garden, like the one at the centre of the Parterre, become the focus.
And if you’re lucky enough to come in the morning after a snowfall, then you’ll see what we mean by Mayfield magic.