Thursday, October 26, 2017

Garden gate





Maclay Gardens is an 1,176 acre Florida State Park on the north side of Tallahassee. The property was originally purchased by Alfred B. Maclay and his wife Louise in 1923 as a winter home. Over the years they planted and maintained one of the most beautiful ornamental gardens in the state. Louise donated it to the state of Florida in 1953, nine years after her husband's death. These photos show the Secret Garden, a small area of the park dedicated to Louise.

16 comments:

Kay said...

This looks like a very lovely and special part of the gardens.

Adam said...

such a pretty garden

Francisco Manuel Carrajola Oliveira said...

Que maravilha de jardim.
Um abraço e continuação de boa semana.

Andarilhar
Dedais de Francisco e Idalisa
O prazer dos livros

Tom said...

...1,176 acres for a winter home?

eileeninmd said...

Hello, the secret garden and gate are beautiful. I am sure it is a lovely park to visit. Happy Thursday, enjoy your day!

biebkriebels said...

I like those pretty porches to enter a garden. Looks like our secret garden about I sometimes have posted

Marleen said...

It's a lovely gate.

Sandra said...

Love the arch, the metal gate, the green growing on the bricks. just beautiful and so is the secret garden. those century plants are beautiful and also deadly. my son does yard work for extra money, a few years ago, a lady asked him to remove two big century plants from her yard. he made the misake of using a chain saw, not knowing the juice is poisonous, worse than poison ivy. it slung it all over him and he spent 2 days in hospital from it..

Lowell said...

It's all gorgeous, Lois. Especially the gate. So the garden was the extension of her husband's vision. Hmmm. At least he wasn't in the legislature screwing things up!

William Kendall said...

Beautiful!

Sharon Anck said...

Now that is what I'd call a beautiful legacy.

Revrunner said...

Like that first image best. It's as if the light was spilling out of the garden beyond.

RedPat said...

It looks like a lovely spot!

bill burke said...

Very pretty! I love the gate and the light in the first photo, very nice.

A Joyful Chaos said...

So pretty! I would love to visit it someday.

I especially like the dedication .... she furthered her husband's vision and is being honored for that.

I would be honored to be remembered for something like that. Not a garden, or anything great or grand, but furthering my husband's vision. So sweet!

Blessings~

Denise inVA said...

It is beautiful Lois, I especially loved the ivy covered gate.