Walk in the Oaks at Maclay Gardens

Tour of Gardens 2018 May 19th

The 24th annual Friends of Maclay Tour of Gardens will take place on Saturday, May 19, 2018 and once again promises to be a showcase of some of Tallahassee’s finest landscapes. This year’s Tour of Gardens will feature 8 residential gardens in addition to a gem of a large community landscape. All of the gardens are situated in the immediate Tallahassee area and within a short drive of the Park entrance.

The Tour of Gardens day begins at 9 a.m. with a continental breakfast and silent auction on the lawn at the garden entrance inside beautiful Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park. At 10 a.m. those in attendance will receive a booklet containing brief descriptions and directions to the 9 Tallahassee-area gardens that are being featured on the 2018 Tour. Tour-goers may then proceed on their own self-driven tour of the gardens until 5 that afternoon. Docents from the Leon County Master Gardener program will be on hand to answer questions throughout the day.

Proceeds from this 24th edition of the Tour of Gardens will go to help the Friends of Maclay Gardens in their financial and volunteer support of Maclay Gardens State Park.

Already in 2018 the Friends of Maclay Gardens have finalized the transfer of a 1acre parcel of land on Maclay Road to the Park which will serve as an additional buffer as well as providing additional parking for large Maclay events. Among the many initiatives of the Friends of Maclay in 2018 is financial support in the upgrading of the aging and somewhat inefficient irrigation system within the historic gardens.

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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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