Memories of a Golden Age

Performance featuring Richard Smith on guitar and Julie Adams on cello. Since 2000, this husband-and-wife team has toured around the world, surprising audiences with Richard’s guitar genius and Julie’s lyrical style on the cello. Richard Smith specializes in the finger-style tradition of Merle Travis, Chet Atkins and Jerry Reed. Cost: $15 Arts Council members, $20 non-members, […]

Jewels from the Brees Library

Bok Tower Sunset w-moon

Enjoy a carillon concert under the light of the full moon, a unique opportunity to visit the Gardens after hours. Opt to have a light dinner at the Blue Palmetto Cafe for an additional fee before the concert. Hear musical selections from the Brees Library.

Founder’s Day Weekend

Bok Tower Door

Visitors are offered a rare opportunity to pass through the historic iron Yellin gates, cross the moat, and take a closer look at the Tower’s Great Brass Door. Carillonneur Geert D’hollander performs special concerts at 1pm and 3pm, during which time the moat will close.

Evening with Cole Porter

Join the Lake Wales Arts Council for an evening with Charles Troy, a Chicago-based writer and graphic designer, as he enchants us with the music and life of Cole Porter. Mr. Troy gives multi-media presentations all over the country.

Faculty Piano Trio: Spiritus

First Presbyterian Church Lake Wales

The Southeastern University Faculty Piano Trio of Annabelle Gardiner, violin and Ronald Gardiner, cello and Charles Hulin, piano will join to present a program of classical piano trios by Schubert, Mozart and Beethoven. Annabelle is Associate Professor of Music at SEU and is Assistant Concertmaster of the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra; Ronald is currently Associate Professor of […]

A Garden of Plenty by Taylor Akin

Nature-based artwork on exhibit in the Visitor’s Center.

Jayne Crews Linton Exhibit Reception

Reception for Jayne Crews Linton: Florida Landscapes Exhibit. Traditional oil and watercolor landscape paintings by local artist Jayne Crews Linton, Michael Crews Gallery.

Edward Bok Memorial Carillon Concerts

Commemorates the life of the Pulitzer Prize-winning author who died Jan, 9, 1930, less than a year after his Singing Tower was dedicated. 1pm and 3pm.

Simply, Divided

January 9-25, 2015 (with a special performance on January 22) Ever since the Toyota truck plant opened in Mobile, the men of Simply, Alabama have been packing up and moving away by the hundreds. No one is more alarmed by this trend than the women who spend their days at the Simply Delicious Diner. The […]

UF/IFAS and Bok Tower Gardens partner to teach a new generation about plants, gardening and the environment

Center for Education and Conservation

LAKE WALES, Fla. – Among the music of carillon bells, beneath a lush oak canopy, a new partnership is emerging between the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension and historic Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales, FL. The partnership between the state’s preeminent land-grant university and this historic garden will provide […]

Polk Arts Alliance

PO Box 727 Bartow, FL 33831-0727 director@polkarts.org (863) 804-0494