A visit to Mayfield gardens has been a long-held desire of mine, and I was not disappointed after a recent visit with Mr MG. Unapologetically taking many of its design ideas from European gardens, Mayfield is a 65 hectare privately-owned cool climate garden in the Central Tablelands of New South Wales. Upon our arrival, and after paying our entrance fee, we were told to place our hands on the counter to have them stamped as proof of paying and so,
obediently foolishly we did, afterwards wondering how many other people had put their hands there that day, and if any of them had Covid. I’m pleased to report that two weeks later, we are as well as we’ve ever been.
There doesn’t always seem to be a perfect time to visit a garden. The visitor is often just too late or a touch too early to see everything at its peak and so it was for this visit. We were a little late to enjoy the Spring bulbs at their best, but a fraction early to see the deciduous trees at full throttle. However there was plenty to appreciate and indeed, admire. A splendid water garden with meandering gravel paths, waterfalls, reflective pools and meticulously built stone walls delighted us as we wandered around. This is the part of the garden that is open all year round.
Because of the Spring festival, we were able to ramble around the private family estate as well as the water garden. Spread out across a hillside, an allée of London planes, streams with banks bursting with new Spring growth and shaded grassy walks beside tree-filled gardens underplanted with hellebores (past their best, unfortunately) all provided interest and enjoyment. There are other aspects of the garden that we didn’t see: a stumpery, a maze which we stayed out of because there were a lot of other people in there; a formal lavender garden, not in flower yet and an orchard. As it was, we spent three hours looking around the garden.
The potager contained beautifully trained espaliered fruit trees.
There were plenty of flowers to admire as well, but I think what I liked almost more than anything were the long views.
Fields of canola surround the property, providing a vibrantly coloured backdrop which contrasts wonderfully with the verdant gardens.
It will be necessary I think, to visit again, at least in Autumn to enjoy what that season has to offer in this lovely garden.