April 2016

“Koi” by Patty Lovell

April 17, 2016 to July 14, 2016

Local artist Patty Lovell’s paintings and photography celebrate marvelous, colorful Koi fish in the final exhibit of the season on display in the Visitor Center daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from April 17 to July 14, 2016. Bok Tower Gardens is proud to present exhibits that display artwork, historical stories, and cultural connections to the Central Florida region. Included with general admission.

Carillon Classic 5K Run/Walk

April 30, 2016, 7:30 am,

The sounds of the carillon fill the air as runners traverse Iron Mountain’s 3.2-mile trail-like course from flatlands and hills to asphalt, rock and mulch. This is Bok Tower Gardens’ 5th annual signature run, presented in partnership with the Dick Pope Polk County Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association. Proceeds will benefit local charities.

Fresh Bites: Salsa Day

April 30, 2016, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm

Stop by and hang out in our new outdoor kitchen and enjoy light snack samples using ingredients from our edible garden. $5/person.

SOLD OUT Join us at our new outdoor kitchen for food and fun! A Latin cultural celebration with Cuban cuisine, live guitar music and sangria. Your ticket includes one complimentary drink ticket. Advance tickets $10/person; $15 day of event. Limited to 150 guests. Tickets required online or by phone at 863.734.1222.

This national event is designed to raise awareness about the role America’s public gardens play in promoting environmental stewardship and awareness, plant and water conservation, and education in communities nationwide. Activities include behind-the-scenes tours of the Gardens and other educational opportunities.

A spiral is a snuggling shape . . . What makes the tiny snail shell so beautiful? Why does that shape occur in nature over and over again—in rushing rivers, in a flower bud, even inside your ear? With simplicity and grace, Swirl by Swirl not only reveals the many spirals in nature—from fiddleheads to elephant tusks, from crashing waves to spiraling galaxies—but also celebrate the beauty and usefulness of this fascinating shape. Stop by for nature-themed stories and play designed for children ages 3 to 6, accompanied by a caregiver. Included with general admission.

Container Gardens for Mom

May 7, 2016, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Make Mom a beautiful and personalized Mother’s Day container garden. Tickets required, limited number available. $15/person.

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 two-day Tower & Garden Gift Shop Plant Sale on Saturday and Sunday!

Lunch & Learn “Worm Farming”

May 11, 2016, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Learn about worms, their need for bedding, what they eat, a little anatomy, and recycling advantages. Make a mini worm farm to take home. Presented by the Polk County UF/IFAS Extension. No reservations required.

Night Hike – Sold Out

May 20, 2016, 8:00 pm,

SOLD OUT Unravel the mysteries of the nighttime sights and sounds of the Gardens! Watch for nocturnal animals and the glow of spider eyes while listening to creatures of the night by moonlight. The tour will be guided by UF/IFAS Natural Resources & Conservation Agent Shannon Carnevale and is appropriate for all levels of hiking experience on uneven terrain. Closed-toe shoes required; comfortable outdoor dress recommended. $5/person. Open to ages 10 and up. Reservations required at 863.734.1222.

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