Thursday, June 28, 2018

Bok Tower Gardens

During the spring we visited Florida and Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales, when I was planning the trip I stumbled upon this amazing garden and worked it into our itinerary. Edward W. Bok was a highly successful publisher, Pulitzer Prize-winning author, who immigrated from the Netherlands he enjoyed visiting the Lake Wales area and had a vision to create a beautiful gardens and singing tower on the hill for future generations. It was given in 1929.

The gardens are truly special with a great children's garden, kitchen garden and outside kitchen used for education, trails and bell performances from the singing tower. When you visit Bok Tower gardens you can also tour The Pinewood estate the Estate was built in the early 1930s for Charles Austin Buck, a Bethlehem Steel vice president. Its a magnificent Mediterranean style mansion and so worth a visit. 

From nearly all the area's of the gardens you can see the singing tower and really you feel like you are in another world. 

Lake Wales is a big citrus growing area and from the hill top you can see citrus trees in the distance.

 Our boy playing in the children's garden.

The kitchen garden was so impressive and I bet cooking classes are first class. It was fun to see different fruits and vegetables growing below is a pomegranate.

My Mum and Dad really enjoyed the gardens and so did the kids if your in the Lake Wales area be sure to visit.

I leave you with the sounds of the bells of the singing tower.

1151 Tower Boulevard
Lake Wales, Florida 33853-3470

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