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Botanical Journeys Gardening Newsletter, Issue #004 Pictures From Our Visit to Bok Tower Gardens
August 15, 2012

The Best Botanical Garden in Central Florida

Pictures from our visit to the best botanical garden in Central Florida. Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales is Central Florida's best kept secret. Spending a day here is a must-do for any plant collectors visiting the area.

Bok's primary claim to fame is this 205 foot Singing Tower covered in tile mosaics and custom iron-work. The tower, built just prior to the Great Depression of 1929 to house the carillon bells, is Bok's crown jewel.

Concerts are held for 30 minutes each day at 1:00 and 3:00 p.m. The beautiful music can be enjoyed as you explore the landscape gardens and is the perfect complement to them.

This image does not do the gardens justice. Nothing I have seen on the web does.

I have known about this garden for years but simply never bothered to visit because everything I had seen on the web made it seem rather bland.

If I had known how spectacular it really is, we would have made the trip a long time ago.

This is the courtyard area outside the Visitor's Center where you first enter the gardens.

The plant on display here is the lovely desert rose.

The Olmstead Gardens

This image will give you some idea of the size of the sweeping lawns of the Olmstead Gardens (Bok consists of the carillon tower, Pinewood Estate and the Olmstead Gardens).

The Bismarck palm is a huge tree but it looks small in this setting.

There are many beautiful display gardens where you can see how different annuals and perennials harmonize when planted together.

Pinewood Estate

Ponytail palm tree in a pot in the home's courtyard.

The other large, tropical plant here is a white bird of paradise

You may explore the grounds and gardens surrounding this 1930s Mediterranean-style home for no extra charge but, if you wish to tour the home's interior (we did) be prepared to pay an additional entrance fee.

Click Garden Landscape Design Ideas from Pinewood Estate to see more photos of the estate's gardens.

Bok Tower Gardens is located at 1151 Tower Blvd., Lake Wales, FL and is open daily, year round, from 8:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Call 863-676-1408 for current prices.

This is the best Florida garden we have visited so far and I highly recommend this hidden gem.

Your Plant Guide,
Selina

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