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!

Take a Child Outside Week!

September 24, 2014 to September 30, 2014

Participate in this national program to help children discover nature through outdoor play. All children 12 and under receive free admission.

National Parks of America Tour-Trip Preview!

September 30, 2014, 6:00 pm,

Join us in the Visitor Center’s Magnolia Room on Tuesday, Sept. 30 at 6 p.m. to hear about the exciting opportunity to join other Gardens members on a once-in-a-lifetime excursion to Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Mount Rushmore, Grand Canyon and more. Tour scheduled May 23-June 3, 2015. Preview seating limited, reservations requested at 863.734.1222.

Nature Walk with Dr. Paul Fellers

October 3, 2014, 8:00 am to 10:00 am

Respected naturalist Dr. Paul Fellers leads a morning walk showcasing wildflowers, birds, and native plants of the Lake Wales Ridge. Don’t forget your binoculars! Sunscreen, bug spray and close-toed shoes recommended. Tour meets at the Visitor Center. Included with admission.

Edward Bok’s Birthday Carillon Concerts

October 9, 2014, 1:00 pm to 1:30 pm
3:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Commemorate the life of Edward Bok during special carillon concerts featuring some of his favorite music. Included with admission.

Boktoberfest Plant Sale

October 18, 2014, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Celebrate our sixth 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.

Breaking Ground: Stewarding the Future

October 24, 2014, 11:00 am to 12:30 pm

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.

Behind the Scenes: Rare Plant Conservation Program

October 24, 2014, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

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.

Holiday Home Tour at Pinewood Estate

November 28, 2014 to January 4, 2015

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.

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