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 […]

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Carillon Concerts

Bok Tower Carillon

Celebrate the life of humanitarian and civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. who championed the cause of unity among all people. Included with general Gardens admission. 30-minute concerts at 1pm & 3pm.

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.

Valentine’s Day Carillon Concert

Photo of Geert de Hollander playing the Bok Tower Carillon taken by Mike Potthast.

Enjoy carillon music while strolling the gardens. Performances at 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm.

Presidents’ Day Carillon Concert

Bok Tower Carillon

Celebrate Presidents’ Day by enjoying carillon music while strolling the gardens.

St Patrick’s Day Carillon Concerts

Bok Tower Carillon

Stroll the blooming gardens as Irish favorites play on the carillon. Performance times are 1:00-1:30pm and 3:00-3:30pm.

Family Camping Adventure

BokTower_032913_152(by Chad Baumer)

Explore nature through a variety of walks and activities. Bring your own tent and sleeping bags. An additional supply list will be provided. $20/person; ages 5 and up. Space is very limited, and reservations are required by calling 863.734.1222. Learn more!

Natural Vibes for Life

Part of the Discover Cart Saturdays series of events. Discover the lathering properties of detergent made with soap nuts and the soothing properties of coconut oil.

Jewel of the Ridge Jazz Festival: Randy Corinthian

Jewel of the Ridge Jazz Festival

Polk State College’s Jewel of the Ridge Jazz Festival, an event just two years old but well on its way to becoming a Polk County favorite, will return April 8-11. Scheduled performers include Omar Sosa, a Cuban-born composer, pianist and bandleader whose career includes performances around the world, multiple Grammy nominations and the 2003 Smithsonian […]

Jewel of the Ridge Jazz Festival: Larry Coryell (solo)

Jewel of the Ridge Jazz Festival

Polk State College’s Jewel of the Ridge Jazz Festival, an event just two years old but well on its way to becoming a Polk County favorite, will return April 8-11. Scheduled performers include Omar Sosa, a Cuban-born composer, pianist and bandleader whose career includes performances around the world, multiple Grammy nominations and the 2003 Smithsonian […]

Polk Arts Alliance

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