Bok Tower and its gardens are located about an hour outside of Orlando in Lake Wales, Florida. I had been to visit years and years ago, so long ago that I barely remember it and had thought for all these years that the tower was a lighthouse and not a carillon.
The carillon bells play ever half hour and the sounds resonate throughout the gardens, which are the best in Florida for getting a glimpse of native Florida flora and fauna. Edward Bok (the editor of Ladies Home Journal) built the tower and gardens in the early 1900s. The tower is one of the most well crafted buildings I've seen in terms of detail and design work.
Here's some more pictures from around the garden. I hope that it can entice you to visit next time you're in our area. It's a great way to spend half a day and play with your camera!
|My dad and I at the entrance.
|These old Florida trees were everywhere and dripping with beautiful moss.
|Close-up of the singing tower.
|John and I at the reflection pond.
|The first waterlily I've ever seen.
|Heavy brass doors lead into the tower...tell the story of Adam and Eve.
|The koi in the pond were ginormous, and very hungry. I almost touched one... :)
|These lily pads were huge (about 3 to 4 feet across) and covered with spines underneath.
|This mushroom was straight out of a fairytale.
|Rows and rows of Florida citrus trees.
Which is your favorite picture from my day at Bok Tower?