My visit to the Floridian capital of Tallahassee, although in February, happened to coincide with flowers popping up all over! Living in the South, you never know what the weather will be like in February. We have had such a mild winter that the flowers have been blooming so very early! This worked in my favor for my trip because I had wanted to visit Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park which has tons and tons of flowers. I wanted a colorful explosion not only to see and smell them, but mostly for photos. Obviously. Apparently you can also canoe the lake or even hike and bike around the 5 miles of trails but let’s be honest – those are not really my forte. But flowers and pictures, yes, they are my jam.
Everything was so very green with pops of reds and pinks. There were camellias and gardenias but they were the ugly-stepsisters to the real star – the Japanese Magnolias. They are the pink/purple cousin to my personal favorite flower, the lemony white magnolia that blooms in the South and smells DIVINE. The ever-beautiful parasite Spanish moss was hanging from the trees which is something I adore. Winding paths, reflecting pools, and gorgeous weather made my spring visit to Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park perfect.
If you are planning a visit to see the blooms, be sure to check out the Maclay vacation home that is open during optimal blooming time. It’s quaint but refreshingly cool on a hot day.
But there is just so much more here! There is a secret garden, a reflecting pool, and the prettiest green/blue pond. Not to mention there is some lush grass that is perfect to walk barefoot in! I think it would be an ideal spot to even have a picnic with the lovely breeze blowing and the ever-warm Florida weather. No matter what your fancy is, this Tallahassee gem is worth a visit!
Without further ado, check out the pretty photos from my spring visit to Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park!
Not seen in this picture is my adorable nephew shaking the tree branch to get the loose petals to fall effortlessly. Child labor and all!
What is your favorite spring activity? Leave a comment below!