Lake Alfred, Florida, little town in central Florida much like the rest–three layers of color–blue sky, green landscape, white sand. Mackay Gardens is a little gem.
First thing to know is that the two little asphalt trails entrances across from the new ticky-tasky houses are really the entrances. They are single lane entries and that’s more than what’s needed–it is a quiet little park. There are two parking lots so no worries.
The gardens part is the landscaping around this historic mansion, now used for office space and maybe a wedding reception now and then. In addition to that are the Florida water-wise demo gardens which feature an apple cactus–yum!!
Then all around that is this wild park–dense trees, little spur trails (watch out for banana spiders), beautyberry, armadillos. And you do get to the lake. The dock is a bit dodgy but it didn’t cave in.
The place is kept lovely by volunteers and there’s school programs sometimes, not enough really. Frequently are little rooms with natural benches–great spots for a bit of learning amid exploration and nature play. Ah, if only they would pay me…