Historic buildings, colorful gardens and brilliant peacocks create a unique feel for this Austin oasis.
Stepping into Mayfield Park is not unlike stepping into an oasis. Towering palm trees, lush gardens and brilliant peacocks gather around the ponds, all of which is surrounded by a rock wall and the "desert" of a city beyond.
Mayfield is a metaphorical oasis, too. People from all walks of life visit the park as a respite from their busy days. Whether they are there to gather artistic inspiration, to be one with nature while doing yoga or just to get some quiet time from the office, visitors come to Mayfield to bask in its cool, calm and collected feel.
- Garden Etiquette and Visits
The Gardens - The gardens may be visited inside the stone walls when not rented for an event. This is commonly most Mondays - Thursdays, and holiday weekends when the site is available.
NO events, commercial uses, classes or concessions are allowed on site without a permit from APARD.
- The gardens and paths are historic, varying surfaces from dirt, to grass, to cobblestone and sidewalk.
- Wear approproate outdoor rated shoes.
- View and smell the flowers but leave them for others to enjoy. Stay on formal paths, and avoid creating wear spots.
- Do NOT walk in any flower bed areas.
The Wildlife -
- The peafowl and their ancestors have lived at Mayfield for 70 years. This is their home. Do NOT approach, touch or feed the wildlife.
- Please treat them with respect and do not chase them.
- Each pond is a unique ecosystem. Specimens for study (i.e. tadpoles, water samples), should only be removed by adult program leader, then gently returned to their home.