More than ready for spring, I decided to visit Maclay Gardens in north Florida to spend a few hours among the camellias and azaleas.
On more than 300 acres with huge oaks, pines, and dogwoods, Maclay Gardens boasts one of the country’s largest camellia collections.
I thought the day was going to be all about flowers. And then I went into the modest winter home of the Maclays and saw it…the glass case of AKC dog show ribbons from 1912. It turns out that Alfred Maclay was a dog show exhibitor, and he was an AKC judge.
Maclay bred Dalmatians and Greyhounds for a short time, but as Mrs. Maclay said, “Dandies were always his first love. We always had a Dandie in the house.” Maclay liked the breed because he considered it a real terrier, an earthdog that was strong, a good hunter, and very faithful.