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Tallahassee: Stroll the garden paths( PHOTO BY KATHLEEN CARR, FLORIDA STATE PARKS )
The 28-acre gardens were the hobby of Alfred Maclay, who bought the place in 1923 and named it "Killearn Gardens," after his great-grandfather's Scottish birthplace. But the gardens make up only a fraction of this 1,176-acre park.
Part of a 307-acre parcel given to the state in 1953, the gardens were considered some of the most beautiful of their day. In them, visitors can stroll paths among camellias, azaleas and native plants such as mountain laurels and coonties, shaded by oaks, dogwood and hickory trees. A brochure, available at the ranger's station, points out highlights, such as the Camellia Walk, fringed with dwarf azaleas, and the formal Walled Garden beyond it.
Elsewhere in the park, you'll find biking, walking and horseback-riding trails. Or, take a picnic lunch down to the shore of Lake Hall, where you can fish or launch a canoe or kayak.
-- Lisa Roberts, Orlando Sentinel
INFO: Maclay State Gardens is at 3540 Thomasville Road, Tallahassee, a half-mile north of Interstate 10. Hours are 8 a.m. until sundown daily; admission is $4 for a group of up to eight. Details: 850-487-4556.
On the Web, go to www.floridastateparks.org/maclaygardens.