This property was developed by American author and publisher, Edward William Bok (1863-1930). In 1921, he spent the winter near the site of the gardens which reside on Lake Wales Ridge which is 298 feet above sea level. This is a high point on the flat terrain of Florida which makes it unique.

He commissioned Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr, noted landscape architect to create "a spot of beauty second to none in the country." The site was not only to be ornamentally stunning but also act as a refuge for wildlife and birds.

On February 1, 1929, President Calvin Coolidge dedicated the Gardens that Bok had made as a gift for visitation by the American people in gratitude for the opportunity they had given him.

Bok Tower Gardens
1151 Tower Boulevard
Lake Wales, FL 33884

We visited this garden in February and there was already plenty of color with rhododendrons and camellias in bloom. It is located between Orlando and Tampa but it is well worth the drive. Use it as a nice break from Mickey and Pluto.

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