“A Garden of Plenty” Art Exhibit by Taylor Ikin

January 16, 2015 to April 30, 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 30, 2015.

The Gardens’ annual outdoor live-music extravaganza! Grab your family and friends and get down to the Gypsy Jazz sounds of The John Jorgenson Quintet. The group’s style has been called Gypsy Jazz after the dynamic string-driven swing created in 1930′s Paris. Grammy-winning Jorgenson kicks it up a notch with his blistering guitar licks and mastery of multiple instruments. Violinist Ashley Liberty and Pianist Daniel Strange open the show. Prepare your themed picnic and experience an unforgettable evening under the stars. Advance tickets $20/adult; $8/child. Children under 5 admitted free. Includes all-day Gardens admission.

Carillon Classic 5k Run/Walk

May 2, 2015, 7:30 am to 10:30 am

The sounds of the carillon fill the air as runners conquer Iron Mountain on this 3.1-mile trail-like course with a challenging terrain of hills and mulch. This is Bok Tower Gardens’ signature run, presented in partnership with the Dick Pope Polk County Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association. Proceeds from the Carillon Classic 5K will benefit a local charity.

This national event is designed to raise awareness about the role America’s public gardens play in promoting environmental stewardship. Sign up for a FREE ADMISSION COUPON to visit Bok Tower Gardens on Friday, May 8, 2015. Your Bok Tower Gardens membership also allows you into other participating gardens throughout the nation.

Free admission is offered to all mothers on Mother’s Day! Treat Mom to a beautiful day at the Gardens with live carillon concerts at 1 p.m. & 3 p.m. and special menu selections in the Blue Palmetto Café. Shop our huge two-day Plant Sale on Saturday & Sunday!

Lunch & Learn: Container Gardening Basics

May 13, 2015, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Container gardening adds impact to your landscape and keeps extra work to a minimum. Unique colors, textures and shapes can yield eye-catching displays while remaining sustainable and water efficient. 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.

National Endangered Species Day

May 16, 2015, 10:00 am to 11:00 am
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Join Rare Plant Curator Glen Bupp on a walk through the Pine Ridge Preserve and National Collection Beds, home to over 30 species of endangered Florida plants. Learn about our rare sandhill ecosystem and take photos in an area of the Gardens typically closed off to visitors. Included with general Gardens admission.

Armed Forces Day Carillon Concerts

May 16, 2015, 1:00 pm to 1:30 pm
3:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Honor the brave men and women of our Armed Forces who have given their lives to preserve our freedom. Free admission offered to active, retired and disabled veterans of all military branches with valid ID. Carillon concerts feature patriotic musical selections.

Memorial Day Carillon Concerts

May 25, 2015, 1:00 pm to 1:30 pm
3:00 pm to 3:30 pm

A musical salute of gratitude to our nation’s veterans and members of America’s armed forces. Free admission offered to active, retired and disabled veterans of all military branches with valid ID.