Intermediate Watercolors with Cathy Futral

Review wash, wet-in-wet, and dry brush watercolor techniques, color mixing and layering. Students will make landscape and floral studies and have a chance to paint en plein air in the garden. Breakfast, lunch and some supplies provided. $75 per person. Reservations required.





La Florida: 500 Years In the Place of Flowers

Exhibit of photography by John Moran in the Visitor Center at Bok Tower Gardens.





Annual Frostproof Orange Blossom Festival

Frostproof Art League members demonstrate their art techniques in the Gallery and on the streets.





Moonlight Carillon Concert

BokTower_032913_152(by Chad Baumer)

Enjoy a carillon concert under the light of the full moon. It’s a unique opportunity to visit the Gardens after-hours and have a light dinner at the Blue Palmetto Café. $5 per person. Free for members. Enjoy an hour-long carillon concert by Geert D’hollander. Visitors are encouraged to stroll through the torch-lit pathways and explore […]





Carillon Concerts

Geert de Hollander

Live carillon concerts arranged and performed by Bok Tower Carilloneur Geert d’Hollander to celebrate the 85th Anniversary of the Gardens.  30-minute live recitals are presented at 1pm and 3pm on both days during Founder’s Day Weekend.





Dedication Day Celebration

Bok Tower Carillon

Japanese drums, followed by a ceremony, guest speakers and a major announcement. Refreshments follow.  Free admission on Saturday in honor of Dedication Day.





Crossing the Moat

Bok Tower Door

Rare opportunity to pass through the historic gates and see the Great Brass Door up close. The moat will close during the carillon concerts at 1 & 3pm.





Bok Tower Gardens Announces $12 Million Initiative to Build New Garden Spaces

Bok Tower Gardens Oval Lawn, New Entry Perspective

Children’s Garden ▪ Outdoor Kitchen ▪ Florida Wild Garden ▪ Accessibility • Tower Restoration ▪ New Entry Sequence ▪ Horticultural Improvements ▪ Expanded Café Seating ▪ Pollinator Garden ▪ Exhibit Hall Renovations “Preserve the Legacy, Steward the Future” On the occasion of its 85th anniversary, Bok Tower Gardens is embarking on a $12 million capital […]





Feb 1 & 2: Bok Tower Gardens Celebrates Founder’s Day Weekend

February 1 & 2 – Founder’s Day Weekend 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Join Bok Tower Gardens in celebrating our 85th anniversary with a weekend of up-close and-personal experiences at the Gardens. The Gardens is open free of charge on Saturday, February 1 in honor of this special occasion, with a variety of activities taking […]





Winter Dog Day

Bok Tower Gardens is going to the dogs for a good cause for one day only this winter! Leashed and friendly dogs will be invited to visit to help support the Humane Society of Polk County, which will receive 50 percent of the event proceeds. Tips on health, safety, dog grooming and adoption, as well […]





Polk Arts Alliance

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