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.

Discovery Days: Bok-ful Adventures

July 25, 2014, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Bok Tower Gardens is Edward Bok’s gift to the world. Kids will explore the cultural side of the Gardens through its art, music and nature. Together we will learn which of Aesop’s Fables are represented in the Singing Tower, discover some plants and animals depicted there, and create artwork inspired by the Tower.

Discovery Days: Young Picassos

July 30, 2014, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

The lush gardens and natural beauty of Bok Tower Gardens inspires the artful side of anyone. Kids of all skill levels will experiment with different media and learn some new techniques as they create impressions of nature that will turn their refrigerators into art galleries!

First Friday Nature Walks

June 6, 2014, 8:00 am to 10:00 am
August 1, 2014, 8:00 am to 10:00 am
September 5, 2014, 8:00 am to 10:00 am

Join our staff to learn about the seasonal blooms in the garden, new conservation projects, migrating and nesting birds and animals, and natural Florida habitats.

Discovery Days: Seedy Surprises

August 1, 2014, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Seeds have many surprises in store! Kids will explore the basic anatomy of a seed and then go on a hunt to find seeds ‘in action’ around the Gardens. They will also have an opportunity to make a seed collage, and then plant some seeds to create their own nursery to take home.

Victoria de Lissovoy and her Jazz Quintet return to the Gardens for a memorable performance of Ballads, Blues & Broadway inside the Visitor Center August 23! Individual concert tickets are $20 ($18 members) or add the dinner option for $20 more. Subscribe to all four series performances for just $65 ($58.50 members) and enjoy a $15 savings!

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!

Dog Day of Summer

September 6, 2014, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm

Leashed and friendly dogs are invited for this special day with activities including dog health & safety information and adoptions. Dog admission: $5 each, with 50% of the proceeds benefiting the Humane Society of Polk County. Regular human rates apply.

Join us for the final Live at the Gardens! performance of the summer as husband & wife duo Daniel Strange, piano, and Ashley Liberty, violin present a Musical Snapshot for your listening enjoyment inside the Visitor Center September 13. Individual concert tickets are $20 ($18 members) or add the dinner option for $20 more. Subscribe to all four series performances for just $65 ($58.50 members) and enjoy a $15 savings!

Anton Brees’ Birthday Carillon Concerts

September 14, 2014, 1:00 pm to 1:30 pm
3:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Anton Brees left a legacy of contributions to the carillon world. Join us as we celebrate the birthday of the Singing Tower’s first carillonneur with special concerts commemorating his accomplishments.

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