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.
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.