THREE new areas of Mayfield were officially opened on Monday.
Mayfield has added seven acres to the garden with the addition of The Gallery, Valley of the Five Ponds and The Grotto.
Special guest Graham Ross VMM, of Better Homes and Gardens, visited the garden to help open the new areas.
Mayfield CEO Hamish Keith said the gardening guru has always been a supporter of Mayfield, which was why he was happy to help unveil the new areas.
“Graham Ross has been a huge advocate of Mayfield. I think Better Homes and Gardens has had Mayfield on it three times in three different seasons and they will be coming back out here in January to do a summer feature,” he said.
Mr Keith said the new areas were likely to draw people out to the garden if they’d never been before.
“These new areas just make Mayfield more of a seasonal garden,” he said.
“We’re really making it as appealing in summer and winter as it is in autumn and spring.”
The new areas support the Mayfield team’s goal of turning the garden into a must-visit tourist destination.
This year there were 15 new events added to the calendar and Mr Keith said Mayfield already has 45 booked for 2018.
Mayfield is open 363 days a year for people to explore.
What’s new at Mayfield?
This new space was introduced in the winter of 2017 to give people an insight into the history of Mayfield Garden. It showcases and acknowledges the inspiration behind the garden, the Hawkins family and those who have had a significant contribution to Mayfield.
Valley of the Five Ponds
Spanning five acres, this water feature offers five ponds that are connected by a man-made canal. The water starts in the Venus Vale, an underground waterfall, then flows via the Grotto, eventually leading to the Mayfield Lake.
The construction of Mayfield Grotto began in March 2009, with locally sourced volcanic rock and Mayfield’s signature blue stone. The main focal piece within the Grotto is 1.3 tonne white marble sculpture of a dancing naked lady by local sculptor, Maria Darcy.