“A Garden of Plenty” Art Exhibit by Taylor Ikin

January 16, 2015 to April 16, 2015

A true love of nature leaps off Taylor Ikin’s synthetic painting surface called YUPO, a tree-free paper that is the basis of her nature-based artwork. Described by critics as heartfelt and empathetic, Taylor’s paintings incorporate the wonder and beauty of the natural world and will on display in the Visitor Center through April 16, 2015.

Garden Watercolor Club with Owen Jolly

January 29, 2015 to April 16, 2015

Less formal than watercolor classes, instructor Owen Jolly leads demonstrations, plein-air and self-directed activities. Intermediate and advanced students explore painting techniques and drawing skills. Discover your creativity! Club meets Thursdays, from Jan. 29 to Apr. 16. Entire series is $200 per person. Register online or call 863.734.1222.

Intermediate Watercolors with Instructor Cathy Futral

March 28, 2015, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

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.

Discovery Cart Saturdays: Natural Vibes for Life

March 28, 2015, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Did you know that plants are the basis for health & beauty products and household cleaners? Discover the lathering properties of detergent made with soap nuts and the soothing properties of coconut oil. Included with general Gardens admission.

Family Camping Adventure – SOLD OUT!

March 28, 2015 6:00 pm to March 29, 2015 9:00 am

Join us during this exclusive event for a chance to spend the night under the stars at Bok Tower Gardens. Explore nature through a variety of walks and activities. Bring your own tent and sleeping bags. An additional supply list will be provided. $20/person; ages 5 and up. Space is very limited, and reservations are required by calling 863.734.1222.

Moonlight Carillon Concert “From Waltz to Rumba”

April 2, 2015, 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Enjoy a carillon concert under the light of a full moon, a unique opportunity to visit the Gardens after-hours. Opt to have a light dinner at the Blue Palmetto Cafe before the concert, for an additional fee. $5/person; free for members.

Easter Sunrise Service

April 5, 2015, 7:00 am to 8:00 am

A longstanding Gardens tradition, Easter morning worshippers are offered free admission from 6–8 a.m. to experience a magical sunrise service with full choir, brass ensemble, live carillon performances, and inspirational Easter message delivered by Pastor Chad Reynolds from the First Presbyterian Church of Lake Wales. A buffet breakfast will be served in the Blue Palmetto Café following, for an additional fee.

Lunch & Learn: Drought Tolerant Plants

April 8, 2015, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

The dry season is coming! Crafting a beautiful, year-round landscape can be a challenge, but our experts recommend plants and share tips to ensure your garden is the best on the block all year long. Bring your lunch or purchase one from the Blue Palmetto Cafe. Session takes place in the Magnolia Room inside the Visitor Center. Included with general Gardens admission.

You don’t really listen to an Omar Sosa concert so much as experience it. This Cuban-born pianist’s demeanor exudes a sense of calm, while a spiritual connection to music comes through in his piano playing. Join this world-renowned musician and band for a Pinewood Estate performance, followed by a reception with the artists. Only 50 seats available; $50/person TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

Discovery Cart Saturdays: School & Community Gardening

April 11, 2015, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Learn what’s going on with school & community gardening and how you can get involved. Included with general Gardens admission.

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