Close-up view of flowers at Maclay Gardens State Park: Tallahassee, Florida
Local call number: COM00668
Title: Close-up view of flowers at Maclay Gardens State Park : Tallahassee, Florida.
Corporate Author: Florida. Division of Tourism.
Date: Photographed in April 1979.
Physical descrip: 1 slide : col.
Series Title: (Commerce Collection.)
General note: Killearn Gardens (later Maclay Gardens) were planted and designed by Alfred Barmore Maclay starting in 1923. Maclay featured camellias as the "backbone" of the gardens design, but also included hundreds of other flowers. The name "Killearn" came from a village in Scotland where Mr. Maclay's great-grandfather, the Reverend Archibald Maclay was born. Maclay died in 1944, and two years later his wife made the gardens public. In April 1953, Mrs. Alfred B. Maclay and children gave the 307-acres Killearn Gardens (including the Mackay house) to the Florida Board of Parks and Historic Memorials as a memorial to Alfred Barmore Maclay. The Maclay House and most of the associated buildings were constructed circa 1906 to 1909, when the land was used as a hunting plantation. In 1965, the park was renamed Maclay Gardens. The park was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2000. In 2002, it was also listed as the Killearn Plantation Archeological and Historic District.