A Country Rose Reveals Our Favoite Tallahassee Venues: Maclay Gardens
Alfred B Maclay Gardens State Park is another on our list of favorite places for weddings in Tallahassee. Located just north of I-10 on 319. Consider this location for you small to medium size wedding.
Alfred B Maclay and his wife Louise bought the north Florida land in 1923 to build a winter home. They named it Killearn after Maclay’s great-grandfather who was in Scotland. Maclay and his wife work together continually until his death and his wife continue the planting and grooming and opened the gardens to the public in 1946. In 1953 she donated 307 acres of their estate to include the gardens to Florida State Park Service. The State renamed the gardens in 1965 in honor of Alfred B. Maclay. The Park now covers 1,176 acres and in 2000 was included on the National Register of Historic Places.
The gardens consist of an abundance of azaleas and camellias, also dogwood, gardenia, ginger, jasmine, redbud and more. The peak season for blooming is January 1st through April 30th.
The most popular cermony site is the reflection pool. It has a breath taking view from the top of the of the pool down to Lake Hall.
There is also a small gardeners cottage. With several rooms and a kitchen.