Wandering about and taking in the scenery is one of my favorite pastimes; I’m betting it’s one of yours too. You can take in scenery just about anywhere, but Maymont is pretty special. It’s 100 acres of pure green beauty interspersed with various gardens and animal sanctuaries. In my eyes, it’s like a miniature version of New York’s Central Park (minus the ice skating rink) in the middle of Richmond.
If you walk over towards the fountain when you first go through the main gates and follow the curved path you’ll find yourself in the Italian Gardens. With geometrically shaped flower beds and beautiful stonework all around you can’t help but be in awe. There’s a long pergola along the North side of the gardens, which makes it one of the main attractions for couples to choose as the perfect spot for a wedding ceremony.
If you keep going down the walkway, you’ll head down a rather impressive staircase which leads you down to the level where the Japanese Gardens are. When you walk through the main gate to the Japanese Garden it almost feels like you’ve walked into a completely different world. Pruned trees and shrubberies, a beautiful waterfall, a small stream that opens into a large pond with Koi fish, and little statues all around. The Japanese Garden area is a lovely area to walk through, and is probably my favorite in the whole park.
If you go around to the right and follow the path it leads you over to one of the animal areas, you’ll pass a Black Bear named Midnight, and then the bird sanctuary where injured birds of prey reside. Maymont houses two Bald Eagles, some Red Tailed Hawks, Barn Owls, and Vultures. Continuing onward, up the hill, you’ll be at the children’s barn, which is full of goats, sheep, peacocks, horses, chickens, and bunnies! Around the same area there are homes for foxes, bulls, buffalo, and deer. Coming to Maymont is almost like going to the zoo!
I hope that if you visit Richmond you’ll find time to take a stroll through this beautiful park!