Quilting Florida by Carolyn Friedlander

April 12, 2014 to June 4, 2014

Carolyn’s custom machine quilting has received recognition at local and national shows. In 2011, she diversified her craft by developing a line of art quilt stamps and a fabric line with Robert Kaufman. Her aesthetic draws on elements of art, architecture, and the history of quilt making.

Easter Sunrise Service

April 20, 2014, 7:00 am to 8:00 am

A longstanding 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 local clergy. A buffet breakfast will be served in the Blue Palmetto Café following, for an additional fee.

Concert Under the Stars

April 26, 2014, 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

The Gardens’ premier outdoor live music event! Concert Under the Stars features annually-changing performances in a unique festival atmosphere. This year’s lineup features progressive American folk rock and “newgrass” band, The Greencards, along with the roots-rock and country sounds of Connor Christian & Southern Gothic. Advance: $20 adults. $8 children ages 5-12. Children under 5 admitted free. Day of: $25 per person. $10 children ages 5-12. Tickets include all-day admission.

Carillon Classic 5k Run/Walk

May 3, 2014, 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. To register, visit

This second annual event is a Mexican fiesta as Latin-themed music plays on the Singing Tower carillon at sunset atop Iron Mountain. Enjoy the sounds of a five-piece Latin band and delicious food and drinks from food truck vendors paired with the evening’s musical theme, for an additional fee. $5 per person. Free for members.

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 9, 2014. Your Bok Tower Gardens membership also allows you into other participating gardens throughout the nation.

Mother’s Day Concerts & Plant Sale

May 11, 2014, 1:00 pm to 1:30 pm
3:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Celebrate with free admission for all mothers. The Plant Shop will be holding a plant sale, with carillon concerts at 1 & 3 p.m. Included with admission.

Boktoberfest Plant Sale

October 18, 2014,

Celebrate our fifth annual plant sale with free admission to the Gardens, featuring more than 40 plant vendors from around Florida, live entertainment, German food, craft beers, children’s activities, live carillon music, and guest garden speakers ready to help you kick off the Florida planting season with great gardening tips.