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!

Florida Wildflower Foundation Symposium

September 19, 2014 to September 20, 2014

Immerse yourself in a world of wildflowers! This two-day conference event features field trips, workshops, garden tours and films. Network with experts and hear presentations on gardening, pollinators, native landscapes and more!

“Creating Living Landscapes” with Doug Tallamy

September 20, 2014, 10:00 am to 11:00 am

Interested in fostering wildlife in your home landscape? Don’t miss this presentation by Doug Tallamy, celebrated author of “Bringing Nature Home” and “The Living Landscape.” Book signing to follow. (Limited seating; pre-registration required.)

Florida Wildflower Day

September 20, 2014,

Bok Tower Gardens is declaring September 20 as Wildflower Day. Enjoy a variety of films, meet noted wildflower and conservation authors, and participate in special garden tours. Included with Gardens admission.

Fall Film Series: Birds

September 21, 2014, 3:30 pm,

Join us for a showing of the PBS Documentary, “Extraordinary Birds,” in our Visitor Center Theater. Included with admission.

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 Public Lands Day

September 27, 2014, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Increase your awareness and knowledge about the beauty and mystery of the Lake Wales Ridge with a short film in the Visitor Center at 10 a.m. and a guided trail tour at 11 a.m. Included with admission.

Smithsonian Museum Day

September 27, 2014,

We’re opening our garden gates for free to Smithsonian Museum Day Live! ticket holders to encourage visitation to cultural institutions.

Fall Film Series: Dolphins

September 28, 2014, 3:30 pm,

Join us for a showing of MacGillivray Freeman’s film, “Dolphins,” in our Visitor Center Theater. Included with admission.

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