Please register (free) on our Chapter Eventbrite page so we know who plans to attend.
Bok Tower Gardens, located north of Lake Wales, FL is well known for its gardens designed by famed landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmsted Jr., and singing carillon tower. Join us to learn about their extensive conservation efforts to preserve natural Florida. Edward Bok said, “Wherever your lives may be cast, make you the world a bit better or more beautiful because you have lived in it.” “The Rare Plant Conservation Program is an expression of Bok Tower Gardens’ conservation mission and works to conserve and enhance our understanding of Florida’s rarest native plants. The program’s conservation efforts have been directed at rare plants in their natural habitats (“in-situ” conservation) as well as in Bok Tower Garden’s nursery (“ex-situ” conservation.) The nursery has been able to grow many of central and north Florida’s globally endangered rare plant species – plants that grow in a few locations
in Florida and no where else in the world.”
Start Time of Field Trip: Arrive at 9:00 am. Meet at the Visitor Center (Restroom, gift shop and Café nearby). View 9 minute video, then tour will start at 10:00 a.m.
End Time of Field Trip: 12:00 pm Optional lunch onsite at Blue Palmetto Café. Pay on your own. Feel free to stay and tour grounds after tour. Bok Tower Gardens are open until 6 pm.
Café menu: https://boktowergardens.org/events-and-info/blue-palmetto-cafe/
Contact # Day of Event: Eleanor Foerste, FNPS Pine Lily Chapter 407-908-4379
Bok Tower Gardens office: 863-676-1408
Tickets and information: 863-734-1222
Field Trip Leader: Bok Tower Guide: Cheryl Peterson, Rare Plant Conservation Director
Park Entrance Fee: $17.00 per person (all day entry fee and guided field trip). Payment:checks, cash, American Express, Discover, MasterCard and Visa.
Degree of Difficulty: Moderate, uneven, mixed sun and shade
Handicap Access: No
Nearest Restrooms: Welcome Center and Gift Shop
Nearest Gas Station: From the WMA entrance is on SR 50: 3.7 miles going east or 9 miles going west.
Cell Phone Reception: Poor
DON’T FORGET TO BRING: Dress for Florida outdoors. We will be in the sun part of the time. Bring water, sunscreen, hat, insect repellent, snacks and proper clothing for the weather. Closed toed shoes please.
GPS: Lat 27.937696 Long -81.575855
Driving Directions: About 1 hour from Kissimmee.
To Carpool: Meet at 7:45 am behind McDonalds at 3171 S. John Young Pkwy, Kissimmee (near Pleasant Hill Road)
West on S John Young Pkwy/US-92 W/US-
17 S toward Harris Blvd. Continue to
follow US-92 W/US-17 S.
Turn right onto Bates Rd. 1.58 miles
Turn left onto Highway 27/US-27 S/FL-25. 15.42 miles
Turn left onto Mountain Lake Cutoff Rd. 0.68 miles
Turn right onto N Scenic Hwy/FL-17. 0.85 miles
Turn left onto Burns Ave/County Hwy-17A 1.42 miles
Turn left onto Tower Blvd. 0.01 miles
Bok Tower Gardens, 1151 Tower Blvd,
Lake Wales, FL, 1151 TOWER BLVD.