Welcome to the 2020 Maclay Tour of Gardens!

The Friends of Maclay Gardens are thrilled beyond words to be able to offer you the opportunity to not only view a spectacular (and never seen!) landscape which had been selected for the cancelled May 2020 Tour of Gardens, but also the chance to hear the backstory and insights of the garden owner, Scotti Holm.

This wonderful 20-minute video has been made possible through the generosity and expertise of Tallahassee Nurseries, a longtime supporter and partner with the Friends of Maclay Gardens in our efforts to assist Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park in meeting its financial and volunteer needs. If you feel called to do the same, we urge you to join the Friends of Maclay Gardens or make a donation to our cause.

American Gardens Stamp Series

The Friends of Maclay Gardens rejoice in and proudly announce that Maclay Gardens State Park was selected as one of 10 “American Gardens” on the May 13, 2020 issuance of the latest USPS “Forever” stamp. What an honor! But, for those of us who know and love our Park, it merely shares something that we already knew, didn’t it?

Maclay Gardens State Park has recently reopened and visitors will quickly see that our dedicated Staff have been their usual committed selves during the recent shut down, with improvements to the recreation area on Lake Hall, the historic gardens and Maclay House, and on the Lake Overstreet trail system. Come and see!


9th Annual Moon over Maclay a Big Success!

The Friends of Maclay Gardens want to thank everyone who helped make Moon Over Maclay a big success!

Without the sponsors, volunteers, musicians, and Maclay staff we couldn't have done it!

The weather was perfect and a big crowd of music lovers filled the lawn at the Maclay House. All of the proceeds will go back into the park to plant trees and enhance the recreation area.




Spooky Halloween Scarecrows

Happy Halloween from the Friends of Maclay Gardens!

The ever festive slightly spooky Scarecrows in the Gardens are still on display along the brick walk at Maclay Gardens.

Come on out to enjoy them as Halloween comes closer!

For additional questions, call (850) 487-4556. .



Moon Over Maclay Ticket-buyers and Sponsors “Rock” to the Tune of $3,000 in Hurricane Michael Relief

As you are fully aware, October’s Hurricane Michael ravaged both the state parks and the lives of many park employees in its journey through the Florida panhandle. And here locally, Maclay Gardens State Park was heavily damaged with hundreds of trees down in the prized gardens, recreation area and the Lake Overstreet trails.

As a result, the October 21st Moon Over Maclay jazz concert was postponed and rescheduled for November 4. It was only through the relentless efforts of the Park staff and volunteers that the Park was readied for the November event. But, in a fall that was as strange weatherwise as any that I have been through in my 40 years here, the event had to be cancelled for the first time ever on the “make-up date” due to rain.

If that were the end of the story it would not be very uplifting, but the generosity and of our Moon Over Maclay sponsors and ticket-buyers helped to paint a brighter picture for those impacted by Michael.

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The Friends of Maclay Gardens thanks the following sponsors for their support of the 25th annual Maclay Tour of Gardens!


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