Landscaping Inspiration from Public Gardens


| 3/3/2020 11:11:00 AM


Alfred Maclay garden 

Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park, Tallahassee, Florida. Photo by Carole Coates.

When my husband and I escaped our cold climate for a week in Florida’s panhandle in early February, one of our first stops was the Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park in Tallahassee. Since the Maclays made Florida their home from January to April, Mrs. Maclay insisted on being surrounded by plants that would bloom during that time. (Small fee.)

I came away with a new inspiration and the determination to landscape our property so we will have continuous color as many months as our climate will tolerate. That got me thinking.

I love to visit public gardens. Though those properties are planted on a grand scale, they are chock full of ideas we everyday humans can scale to our own needs. And garden features can be found in all sorts of places: zoos, college campuses, city and state parks, sculpture gardens, historic homes, and even cemeteries. We found a fascinating topiary garden open to the public in a small-town in South Carolina.



The Daniel Boone Native Gardens are not only in my back yard (so to speak); they feature flowers and trees that grow naturally in our local environment. What could be easier than selecting local, native plants to grace your landscape? (Small fee.)



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