Strut your Stuff with the Peacocks at Mayfield Park Austin, TX

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September 2017

Hiding in plain sight in the heart of Austin is a photographer’s dream. Mayfield Park (3505 W. 35th Street), on the National Register of Historic Places, boasts a historic cottage and two acres of cottage gardens. The Mayfield Preserve surrounds the park with 21 acres of walking trails and wildlife habitats. Just be sure to leave the dog at home. No pets allowed in the park or preserve.
 
If you have a green thumb you can Adopt a Garden in the park. For a small fee, which goes toward supporting the beauty surrounding you, you will have your name plate in your garden. You will be expected to plant flowers (from the approved list), maintain the plot, and try to introduce heirloom varieties of plants to your adopted area.
There is even an implement shed for your use as you work on your plot.

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Getting married? Mayfield Park is an ideal and affordable spot for an indoor or outdoor wedding.

The peacocks are a big draw. These beautiful birds call Mayfield Park their home. You’ll find yourself enjoying peacock watching as much as people watching.
 
We are impressed when a peacock fans his plumage, but what we think doesn’t matter a whit to him. He is looking for a date for Saturday night. Is the female he is trying to impress paying attention?
 
Darwin, himself, was concerned about those cumbersome, but beautiful, tail feathers. Evolution just didn’t seem to favor a creature burdened with such a heavy back end. After much study, the great man determined that it was Mr. Peacock’s very tail feathers determining the continuation of the species. Apparently, Ms. Peahen finds those feathers and his eye spots very hot, indeed.

The Peacocks are something to see!

The entrance and cottage garden part of the park is wheelchair and stroller accessible, but the trails in the Preserve are not. They involve a bit of climbing, avoiding roots and rocks, and the like.
 

What are you waiting for? Head out to beautiful Mayfield Park and Preserve. Get some exercise or just find a peaceful spot to relax.