Monday, February 16, 2009

Maclay Gardens State Park - Tallahassee

As we move into late February, it will not be long before azeleas and dogwoods begin to bloom in Florida. By mid-March, flowers will begin to cover much of the state.

One of the most extraordinary places to visit in late March and early April is Maclay Gardens State Park in Tallahassee. Covering hundreds of acres just off Interstate 10, the park offers one of the nation's most spectacular gardens.

Conceived and planted by Alfred and Louise Maclay, who had purchased the property as a winter home, the first plantings in the gardens date back to 1923. Considered a "masterpiece of floral architecture," the grounds feature a walled garden, hundreds of blooming shrubs and trees, a reflecting pool, and paths leading through acres and acres of beautiful plantings.

The gardens usually reach their peak in late March, so if you are interesting in taking a trip to Tallahassee this year, consider making plans to see the blooms.

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