Thank you from the Friends of Maclay Gardens

The Friends of Maclay Gardens thank all of you who braved the threat of rain for attending the 2018 Tour of Gardens!

It turned out to be a glorious day for enjoying the diverse beauty of our 8 residential landscapes and the fabulous grandeur of the surrounding grounds of The Grove Museum. Your participation in the 24th annual Tour of Gardens will enable the Friends of Maclay to continue in their quest to provide for the needs of Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park.

Plans are already afoot for the celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Tour of Gardens in May, 2019. A specific date will be announced shortly. In the meantime, the Tour of Gardens Committee will be looking for area landscapes and gardens to be featured on the 2019 Tour.

Please contact Gary Griffin at heb121@comcast.net or at 850-228-1129 with any questions or recommendations.

Help us find those Tallahassee treasures that make the Tour of Gardens a lasting tradition! And finally, mark your calendars now for the Moon Over Maclay Jazz Concert on the spacious lawn bordering Lake Hall on October 21, 2018.

Tickets will go on sale later this summer on this web site or at the Park entrance.



Maclay Gardens State Park Receives Land Donation from Friends Group

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park received a donation of one acre of land from the Friends of Maclay Gardens Inc. The parcel of land was originally purchased by the Friends of Maclay Gardens in 2003 and will provide access to the park if the main park road is inaccessible.

“Because of our partnership with the Friends of Maclay Gardens, DEP and Florida State Parks have more opportunities to protect and preserve Florida’s natural resources,” said Eric Draper, director of Florida State Parks. “We appreciate and depend on the dedication and commitment of our partners who help us make public lands enjoyable now and for years to come.”

The donated property creates a buffer for the park, providing functional use to park staff, especially during and after major storms. The property also has been used to handle additional traffic during large events in the park.

“The Friends of Maclay Gardens are fortunate to have been supported by a hard-working and committed board, as well as a close working relationship with the dedicated staff at the park throughout the 25-plus years of our existence,” said Gary Griffin, president of Friends of Maclay Gardens. “This donation is but a small contribution of what we anticipate to come as a result of the passion for the park that has been exhibited by our members, board and staff.”

The park hosts many activities throughout the year, including gardening workshops, children's activities, ranger-led walks and outdoor concerts. The park also offers recreational areas at Lake Hall, where visitors frequently enjoy picnicking, swimming, fishing, canoeing, kayaking and more. Lake Overstreet offers 11 miles of trails through unspoiled woodlands where visitors enjoy hiking, biking or horseback riding.



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