While much of the country is blanketed in snow, flowers are blooming at the Maclay Gardens and State Park in Quincy, Florida. Expect lots of colorful blossoms through April, particularly in mid-to-late March. The Maclay home is also open for tours at this time.
Alfred B. Maclay was a successful New York financier. He and his wife kept a summer home in Quincy (today perhaps they would have simply stayed in a lovely Quincy Florida Bed and Breakfast). First planted in 1923 by the financier and his wife Louise, the gardens feature thousands of mature plantings on hundreds of acres.
Gaze in the reflection pool, stroll down the brick pathway, and try to find the Secret Garden. Visitors may remain in the architectural splendor of the Maclay Gardens, or explore the adjacent forested land surrounding Lake Overstreet and Lake Hall. More than five miles of trails are open to pedestrians, horseback riders, and cyclists, and the lakes are open to boating and fishing. The Maclay State Gardens are an oasis in NW Florida; you’ll want to return again and again during a Quincy Florida Bed and Breakfast vacation.