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Full Bloom Ahead! Peak Bloom Celebration

February 1 - March 31

Bok Tower Gardens rings in the spring blooming season with an all-new festival dedicated to highlighting the cultural and horticultural arts. Peak Bloom celebrates the majesty of Mother Nature, a full calendar of events and beautiful floral displays in each room of Pinewood Estate from February 1 through March 31.

During this annual rite of spring, visitors can observe more than 150 varieties of camellias and hundreds of azaleas along with nun’s orchids, irises, coral bean, Mexican flame vine, and other flowering plants as they create an explosion of color throughout the Gardens. Since the exact date range is hard to predict, guests are encouraged to return throughout the bloom season to experience Mother Nature’s ever-changing palette of colors— and to take plenty of pictures.

Azaleas steal the show, “says Greg Kramer, Gardens’ director of horticulture. “And the best time to visit is February through the first few weeks of March while the bloom cycles for camellias and azaleas are overlapping,” Kramer said.

Violas, snapdragons, dianthus, delphiniums, holly hocks and other annuals also escort the arrival of spring with glorious displays of color. Trees in bloom include native plums and deciduous magnolias.

Abloom with Music and More
Like the blooms that fill the Gardens, live music will delight visitors throughout the two-month festival. The visual centerpiece of the National Historic Landmark is the 205-foot art deco and neo-Gothic Singing Tower, a pink marble and coquina stone architectural treasure that houses one of the world’s finest carillons. The 60 carillon bells ring every half hour and during daily concerts at 1 and 3 p.m.

Concerts will be offered on the Blue Palmetto Café terrace on selected Sunday afternoons. A concert listing will be available at www.boktowergardens.org.

Peak Bloom Walking Tours
Visitors can enjoy guided walking tour of the Gardens in bloom Monday-Friday at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tours depart from the Visitor Center.

Peak Bloom at Pinewood Estate

The jewel of Bok Tower Gardens, Pinewood Estate will blossom with specially designed floral displays located throughout the 20-room, Mediterranean-style 1930s winter retreat. The estate is open for historical tours daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for an additional fee.

What began as nearly 50 acres of woodland gardens designed by Frederick Law Olmsted Jr. has grown to more than 600 acres of woodland gardens, nature trails, conservation lands and groves.


February 1
March 31
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1151 Tower Boulevard
Lake Wales, Florida 33853 United States
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