THE team at Mayfield is giving people the chance to explore exclusive parts of the garden this summer.
On Saturday, Mayfield will launch its second annual Summer Festival.
Marketing and events manager Meg McKenna said it was a chance for patrons to see more of the garden during the warmer months.
“Not all of the private garden are open, but parts of the private garden will be open and we’ve also got row boats on Mayfield Lake, which are popular for families and men trying to be romantic,” she said.
Other attractions that are available in the extra acres include crowd favourites like the croquet court, rose garden, amphitheatre and Chinese Pagoda.
People can also enjoy the interactive games scattered throughout the garden, including chess.
Ms McKenna said Mayfield is a suitable destination for the whole family, with dogs also welcome to visit.
In an effort to be more family friendly, Mayfield will use the Summer Festival as an opportunity to launch the new Mini Mayfielders pack.
The pack features a colourful interactive map of the garden, designed by the in-house graphic designer, stickers, rubbers and a little gift they can have forever.
“We want them to learn about the world around them, so we send them off with some seeds for vegetables or fruit,” Ms McKenna said.
She said the pack was months in the making and, after the Summer Festival, will be available all year round.
“We are just trying to make it a bit more kid-friendly for families when they are walking through the garden so [the kids] don’t say ‘Let’s go home’,” Ms McKenna said.
The Mini Mayfielders pack costs $10 and can be purchased when paying for admission.
Mayfield’s Summer Festival will run until January 28.
The garden is open seven days a week between 9am and 4:30pm daily, with the last garden entry at 3pm to allow time to explore.
“We encourage people to come out and see [the garden] in a different colour; it is all lush and green at the moment,” Ms McKenna said.