To mark the 85th anniversary of Bok Tower Gardens and the 90th anniversary since the first Florida Citrus Queen pageant, a new historical exhibit presents the untold story of how Florida’s citrus culture shaped the economy, lifestyle and landscape of Polk County and Bok Tower Gardens. Included with admission.
Part of NatureFest 2014, Gardens’ Director of Horticulture Greg Kramer leads a 1.5-mile hike through the Pine Ridge Preserve. See rare plants that you may not see at other natural areas up close, and experience a variety of species such as Gopher Tortoises, snakes, skinks, birds of prey, and more!
Be part of history in the making! Join the Bok Tower Gardens Board of Directors and special guests for a groundbreaking ceremony on the site of our new garden spaces. Afterward, visit the future sites of our children’s garden, wild garden and outdoor kitchen.
Part of NatureFest 2014, Gardens’ Conservation Manager Cheryl Peterson takes visitors behind the scenes to the greenhouse, research facilities, and National Collection beds of the Rare Plant Conservation Program.
Learn wash, wet-in-wet, and dry brush watercolor techniques, color mixing and layering. Students will make landscape and floral studies and have a chance to paint en plein air in the Gardens. Breakfast, lunch and supplies provided. $85/person. Space is limited and reservations are required at 863.734.1222 or via online registration form.
Part of our Florida Citrus Celebration, expert speakers from around Central Florida present fun, educational talks about the culture of the citrus industry. Sip on specialty citrus cocktails, enjoy light fare, and shop old Florida citrus souvenirs. Free admission after 5 p.m.
Celebrate everything citrus throughout the weekend! Purchase vintage citrus labels from collectors and view the citrus film, “Barrels To Bins.” Take a guided citrus grove tour and hear talks from field experts and Gardens staff. See a citrus cooking demonstration, participate in an orange juicing contest, explore fruit & floral arrangements, and meet former Florida Citrus Queens.
Members at the Sustainer level and above are invited to an exclusive tour of the Founder’s Room inside the Singing Tower at 9:45, 10:45, 11:45 or 12:45. Reservations required at 863.734.1233
Review wash, wet-in-wet, and dry brush watercolor techniques, color mixing and layering. Students will make landscape and floral studies and have a chance to paint en plein air in the Gardens. Breakfast, lunch and some supplies provided. $75/person. Space is limited and reservations are required at 863.734.1222 or via online registration form.
Celebrate Christmas at Bok Tower Gardens, featuring a special 20th anniversary edition of the Holiday Home Tour at Pinewood Estate. Capture the holiday spirit when you and your family tour the 20-room, Mediterranean-style mansion and enjoy your favorite holiday design themes from the past 19 years. $20 per person; $9 children ages 5-12. Prices include general admission. Members: $7 adults; $6 children ages 5-12. Children under 5 admitted free.