This exhibit examines how the legend of Ponce de Leon’s quest for restorative waters shaped the Sunshine State’s image as a land of fantasy, rejuvenation, and magical spring-fed waters. Rich in images, Finding the Fountain of Youth shows how the myths surrounding the discovery of “La Florida” influenced perceptions of the state that still echo today.

Members Only: Shoptember Spree

September 1, 2014 to September 30, 2014

Show your Bok Tower Gardens membership card to receive a 20% discount in the Tower & Garden Gift Shop and the Blue Palmetto Cafe throughout the entire month of September!

First Friday Nature Walks

June 6, 2014, 8:00 am to 10:00 am
August 1, 2014, 8:00 am to 10:00 am
September 5, 2014, 8:00 am to 10:00 am

Join our staff to learn about the seasonal blooms in the garden, new conservation projects, migrating and nesting birds and animals, and natural Florida habitats.

Dog Day of Summer

September 6, 2014, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm

Leashed and friendly dogs are invited for this special day with activities including dog health & safety information and adoptions. Dog admission: $5 each, with 50% of the proceeds benefiting the Humane Society of Polk County. Regular human rates apply.

Fall Film Series: Raccoon Nation

September 7, 2014, 3:30 pm,

Join us for a showing of the PBS documentary, “Raccoon Nation,” in our Visitor Center Theater. Included with admission.

National Grandparents’ Day

September 7, 2014,

Free admission for all grandparents who visit the Gardens with their grandchildren! The first Sunday after Labor Day, Grandparents’ Day was signed into law by President Jimmy Carter in 1978. The official flower for the day is the “forget-me-not.”

Join us for the final Live at the Gardens! performance of the summer as husband & wife duo Daniel Strange, piano, and Ashley Liberty, violin present a Musical Snapshot for your listening enjoyment inside the Visitor Center September 13. Individual concert tickets are $20 ($18 members) or add the dinner option for $20 more. Subscribe to all four series performances for just $65 ($58.50 members) and enjoy a $15 savings!

Anton Brees’ Birthday Carillon Concerts

September 14, 2014, 1:00 pm to 1:30 pm
3:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Anton Brees performed at the Gardens unil 1967 and left a legacy of contributions to the carillon world. Celebrate the birthday of the Singing Tower’s first carillonneur with recordings of his performances from the 1950′s.

Join us for a showing of the NatGeo short film, “Penguins on Parade,” in our Visitor Center Theater. Included with admission.

Bok Tower Gardens serves magical cocktails and light fare to set the stage for Rick Kilby, author of “Finding the Fountain of Youth: Ponce de León and Florida’s Magical Waters,” who will share the secrets of old Florida in his new historical exhibit and book. $10/person. Call 863-734-1222 for more information.

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