Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park, Tallahassee

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The Alfred B. Maclay State Gardens is a 1176acre Florida State Park, botanical garden and historic site, located in Tallahassee, in northwestern Florida. The address is 3540 Thomasville Road.
The gardens are also a U.S. historic district known as the Killearn Plantation Archeological and Historic District. It received that designation on August 16, 2002. According to the National Register of Historic Places, it contains 18 historic buildings, 4 structures and 4 objects.
The gardens began in 1923 when Alfred Barmore Maclay and his wife, Louise Fleischman, bought the site. Maclay named his gardens Killearn, after the birthplace of his great-grandfather in Scotland, and developed them continuously until his death. His wife continued their development, opened them to the public in 1946, and in 1953 donated some 307acre of their estate, including the gardens, to the Florida Board of Park Service. In 1965 the gardens were renamed in Maclay's honor, to avoid confusion with the new adjacent development called Killearn Estates.
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  • I grew up going to the old Cypress Gardens as a kid. Alfred B. Maclay Gardens took me back to that time. We went in April when there is typically an extra charge to see the formal gardens. We went in ...  more »
  • I was here in early April, so there was very little blooming, but I can only imagine how gorgeous it is when the camellias are in full bloom. Grounds seemed to be well taken care of. Despite not much ...  more »
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  • Great place to go for a walk and enjoy the spring time, especially in March and April. All the flowers make you feel like you are in your own private Spring time. The house was open today and we got a great introduction to the history of the property.
  • Great park just outside the city, full of flowering trees. Every month has a few different trees/plants in bloom, so it’s great in any season. The primary tree is camellias. Mr. Maclay was fond of them and planted numerous ones. At the back of the garden is the Maclay house which is now a museum and has some nice pieces from the family as well as a lot of nice info about gardens and camellias.

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