Every season offers great reasons to visit one of America’s most favorite botanical gardens, Bok Tower Gardens. Bok Tower Gardens has offered some of Florida’s most remarkable experiences since 1929. Through its historic landscape gardens, unique Singing Tower and palatial 1930s winter estate, Bok Tower Gardens offers unparalleled opportunities for artistic, cultural, and wellness enrichment.
In October and November, discover the beauty of bountiful edibles in the Kitchen Garden and at Hammock Hollow. Enjoy displays of marigolds, sunflowers, herbs, ornamental peppers and vegetables. The Historic Olmsted Gardens also offer plenty of fall elegance with meandering pathways, majestic trees and hidden nooks offering serenity, peace and plenty of fresh air.
Fall into the Gardens Schedule of Events
ROAD TRIP TO THE GARDENS: KANSAS CITY
October 5, 12:00-2:30p.m.
Enjoy live music with the Rusty Wright Trio on the Blue Palmetto Café Terrace. Concert included with general admission or membership. Compliment your live music experience by digging into Chef Fulwood’s baby back ribs with Kansas City BBQ sauce, macaroni & cheese and coleslaw. Meal is $20 per person, plus tax. Members receive 10% discount.
GARDEN COCKTAIL PARTY
October 12, 4:30-5:30p.m.
Join 3x-Food Network champion and creator of Grilled Cheese Social, MacKenzie Smith, and Florida native food expert and Yaupon Brothers American Tea founder, Bryon White, for a charismatic cocktail hour at Bok Tower Gardens. Enjoy recipes inspired by foraging Florida plants and the subtropical essence of the Sunshine State. $10 members/non-members $25.
ROAD TRIP TO THE GARDENS NEW ORLEANS
October 12, 12:00-2:30p.m.
Enjoy live music with the Jazz Phools on the Blue Palmetto Café Terrace. Concert included with general admission or membership. Let the good times roll with an authentic “Po Boy” sandwich stuffed with fresh shrimp and remoulade sauce, homemade French fries and a special dipping sauce. Meal is $20 per person, plus tax. Members receive 10% discount.
SINGING BOWLS: Oct 15. 5:30-6:30 P.M. Join Buffy La Roux as she guides participants inward in this meditation experience incorporating a blend of energy and relaxation modalities, such as crystal bowls, Reiki, positive affirmations and themed guided meditation. This is a time to relax and receive. Bring a mat and/or blanket. Optional items that may enhance your experience: water, journal, pillow and eye mask. $25 members/$35 non-members.
ROOTSTOCK PLANT & GARDEN FESTIVAL POWERED BY DUKE ENERGY
October 19, 8:00a.m. – 5:00p.m.
Shop the area’s largest plant sale featuring live entertainment, activities, food vendors, craft beer & wine garden and more. Free admission, $10 parking for non-members.
FLOWER ESSENCES CLASS
October 23, 12:00-1:00p.m.
Flowers spread their beauty and aroma. They can sooth and inspire us. Garden Educator Stephen Kane will share how to capture the essences of flowers as we make and take home the beauty of flower essences. $10 members/$20 non-members.
FARM TO TABLE DINNER WITH CHEF AMY FREEZE “THE GREAT PUMPKIN”
October 24, 6:00-8:00p.m.
Join World Food Championships Chef Amy Freeze in the Outdoor Kitchen for a dinner celebrating everything pumpkin $50 members/$60 non-members.
BOK AFTER DARK “THE 60S”
October 25, 5:00-8:00p.m.
Experience live music on the Terrace with The Blue Roosters from 5 P.M. to 7 P.M. followed by a 7:30 P.M. carillon concert with Geert D’hollander. Included with general admission or membership. Blue Palmetto Café and The Shop at Bok will be open with dining and shopping specials for purchase including Chef Fulwood’s Beef Bourguignon featuring tender chunks of sirloin and a rich stew served in a freshly baked bread bowl. Meal is complete with a fresh garden salad dressed with zinfandel vinaigrette. Meal is $20 per person, plus tax. Members receive 10% discount.
REVITALIZE YOUR LIFE, RENEW YOUR ENERGY BALANCE, AND RECLAIM YOUR HEALTH
October 26, 9:30a.m. -1:30p.m.
Join Kelly Andrews, HeartMath Trainer and Wellness Coach, and Debbie Zimmerman, Food for Life Instructor and Health Coach, in an energizing day of lifestyle activities that will help you reclaim your youthfulness. Learn how stress management techniques such as meditation, yoga and mindfulness can improve your health in multiple ways. Hear how whole-food, plant-based nutrition will help reduce chronic disease and inflammation. Participants will enjoy a deliciously prepared meal to nourish from the inside out. $55 members/$70 non-members.
CREATE YOUR OWN BEAUTY CARE PRODUCTS
October 26, 10:00a.m. -12:00p.m.
Join herbalist Debbie Krause and learn to make herbal infused salves. Know all the ingredients that go on your skin as you make a multipurpose skin care salve just for you to take home. $25 members/ $32 members.
FALL WALKING TOURS
November 1-30, Mon-Sat 12:00p.m. & 2:00p.m. and Sun 2:00p.m.
Walking tours of the Gardens start at the Visitor Center. Free with general admission or membership.
BASICS OF GROWING ORCHIDS
November 2, 10:30a.m. -12:00p.m.
Learn about the basics of growing and keeping orchids with Dr. Larry Apotheker, owner of Buddha’s Garden. Explore the different types of orchids, light requirements, potting medium, fertilizing, watering, when and how to divide and when and how to repot; what to look for when buying orchids; and common diseases and how to best treat them. $15 members/$25 non-members.
YAUPON TEA REVIVAL AND FLORIDA AG SURVIVAL
November 2, 2:00-4:00p.m.
For thousands of years, the Yaupon Holly tree was a central part of Native American culture in Florida. The caffeinated plant was revered and worshiped for its stimulating and purifying qualities, and was later exported to Europe and consumed as a tea by early Americans but eventually faded into obscurity. Could a Yaupon Tea revival equal Florida’s agriculture survival? Explore the history of Yaupon consumption in the American South, and delve into the future prospects of Yaupon Holly as a native alternative crop for Florida farmers. Free for members/ $15 non-members.
FALL INTO THE GARDENS WINE WALK
November 2, 2:00-5:00p.m.
Sip and stroll through the Gardens while enjoying 10 carefully curated wines from around the world and light nibbles at each stop. $25 members/$35 non-members. Enjoy a special after party from 5 P.M.-7 P.M. with live music from Free Whiskey Band, a dinner special and shopping. Experience the thrill of the grill at the after party with Chef Fulwood’s filet mignon, special recipe macaroni & cheese, and roasted vegetables. Meal is $25 per person, plus tax. Members receive 10% discount.
TEA TIME AT BOK TOWER GARDENS
November 6, 12:00-1:00p.m.
Join Garden Educator Stephen Kane to learn about delicious teas right in your backyard! The class includes samples of teas that grow here at Bok Tower Gardens. $5 members/$15 non-member.
ITALIAN FOOD: FLAVORS AND FASCINATING FACTS
November 8, 5:30-7:00p.m.
Join us for an historical snapshot of the role of insects in Italian history and a peek at Modena’s gastronomical traditions. As part of the lecture and culinary sampling experience, University of Florida professors Phillip Kaufman and Jennifer L. Gillett-Kaufman will discuss the production process of two typical Italian products: Lambrusco and Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale di Modena. $15 members/$25 non-members.
GENTLE YOGA AND CRYSTAL BOWLS
November 9, 10:00-11:30a.m.
Most humans are operating from the fight, flight or freeze system. This class is designed to stimulate the rest and digest system though familiarity, repetition and sensory anchors. Instructors Jody Reece and Buffy La Roux will conduct a majority of the class on the floor with a few standing and balancing poses accompanied by the soothing sounds of crystal bowls and other sweet sounds. $35 members/$45 non-members.
BRUNCH IN THE GARDENS
November 10, 11:00a.m.-1:00p.m.
Join Chef Matt Fulwood and the Blue Palmetto Café team for a delicious meal in the Outdoor Kitchen. Enjoy Chef Fulwood’s twist on eggs benedict along with two additional unique chef prepared creations, unlimited scrambled eggs, bacon, waffle bar, fresh fruit, coffee and bottomless Florida’s Natural mimosas! $40 members/$47 non-members. Kids ages 5-12 $15 and kids 5 and under free.
THE TRANSIT OF MERCURY
November 11, 8:00-1:00p.m.
Join astronomers on the Oval Lawn for a rare astronomy event. Mercury, our solar system’s smallest and innermost planet, will transit across the face of the sun. This happens only 13 – 14 times in a century. The next occurrence will not be until November 13, 2032, so do not miss this planetary event! Included with general admission or membership.
PLANTING TO ATTRACT POLLINATORS IN YOUR YARD
November 13, 12:00-1:00p.m.
Want to attract more pollinators to your garden? Join us to learn about which flowers to plant to get those bees, birds, butterflies, and other pollinators flying to your garden! Included with general admission or membership.
FARM TO TABLE DINNER WITH CHEF AMY FREEZE “BOUNTI-FALL HARVEST”
November 14, 6:00-8:00p.m.
Join World Food Championship Chef Amy Freeze in the Outdoor Kitchen for a dinner celebrating the fall harvest. Enjoy autumn quinoa salad, sausage & kale sweet potato gnocchi, pecan pie bread pudding, and cider-rum punch. Meal is served with flavored tea, water, seasonal craft beers, and wine. $50 members/$60 non-members.
BOK AFTER DARK “ROCK THE BOK”
November 15, 5:00-8:00p.m.
Experience live music with Free Whiskey Band on the Terrace from 5 P.M. to 7 P.M. followed by a 7:30 P.M. carillon concert with Geert D’hollander. Included with general admission or membership. The Blue Palmetto Café and The Shop at Bok will be open with dining and shopping specials for purchase including Chef Fulwood ‘s TACOS – choice of three tacos (pork belly, chicken or barbacoa) – with Spanish rice, chips and his world famous salsa! Meal is $20 per person, plus tax. Members receive 10% discount.
EDIBLE PLANT HIKE: WILD EDIBLE PLANTS OF FLORIDA
November 15, 4:30-5:30p.m.
Hike the Pine Ridge Preserve trail as we discover Florida native plants and learn the many ways that they are edible or useful to humans. Included with general admission or membership.
HOLIDAY GOURD ORNAMENT WORKSHOP
November 16, 2:00-4:00p.m.
Hard-shell gourds have been used for centuries by native populations to create beautiful utensils, musical instruments and art. In the last decade, they have become very popular as a contemporary art form. You will have the opportunity to create a gourd art piece in this workshop. This project uses ink for the color; gloves will be provided. Old clothes or a work apron recommended. $17 members/$30 non-members.
ROAD TRIP TO THE GARDENS: NASHVILLE
November 16, 12:00-2:30 P.M.
Enjoy live music with Nicole Equerme on the Blue Palmetto Café Terrace. Concert included with general admission or membership. Enjoy a meal filled with southern decadence as the Blue Palmetto team prepares a Nashville favorite! Dig into hot honey fried chicken with collard greens, smashed potatoes and a homemade biscuit with butter. Meal is $20 per person, plus tax. Members receive 10% discount.
November 19, 5:30-6:30p.m.
Join Buffy La Roux as she guides participants inward in this meditation experience incorporating a blend of energy and relaxation modalities, such as crystal bowls, Reiki, positive affirmations and themed guided meditation. This is a time to relax and receive. Bring a mat and/or blanket. Optional items that may enhance your experience: water, journal, pillow and eye mask. $25 members/$35 non-members.