Sunday, October 10, 2010

Jewel of a garden…

There is a hidden jewel in the deep of Florida

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actually Florida has more jewels than I ever thought imaginable…

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Landlocked in the city of Lake Wales…

and claiming the the title of the singing tower Gardens…

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Bok Tower Gardens is a veritable paradise of acres and acres of

tropical

flora and fauna.

Mixed with the sweet sounds of a bell Carillion playing throughout the day.

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Built in the 1920’s by the once editor of Ladies Home Journal

It is now open to the public...

along with a beautiful span/med homestead of the era

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stunning in it’s natural beauty…and Florida vibe

old florida vibe…

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bok9 I am hoping to use several of the ideas

in our casa and casita.

yes I am!

If you live in Florida…or visit…make the time

to experience Bok Tower Gardens

You will not be sorry.

True inspiration at every turn.

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lovely swans?

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Uhh…

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Nevermind on that last thought.

38 comments:

Cher' Shots said...

Wow, I would love to see that garden. I will keep it on my list of 'places to see.' Your fist photo is stunning.

Deborah said...

Big Black Dog once again stole the show! What a beautiful garden. I need to check in. **kisskiss** Deb

Leave a Trail... said...

Ha ha...love the last pic! That place is amazing! Thanks for sharing! I love reading your blog posts!

Kathy said...

Majestic Gardens and structures...
Still laughing at the Horse SHOES!!!
amazing,
xoxo~Kathy @
Sweet Up-North Mornings...

the polished pebble said...

Love it Linda, I will save some of those photos to my inspiration file....It is so wonderful that these treasures of architecture and landscape are being saved for all of us to enjoy!

xx kelley

Karen Deborah said...

where is it in relation to Jacksonville? I'm coming in Dec. u make everything look good. did the big black beauty get some turkey?

Jane said...

I had forgotten how lovely this place is...It's definitely on my list to revist, thanks to your reminder. I pass by frequently on my way to Vero. Love that photo of the BIG BLACK DOG! This, too, reminds me of our dog and bird story...when Bogle ATE our Thanksgiving turkey. :-(

Jane (artfully graced)

Drawn to The Sea said...

So wonderful; I'd love to visit these gardens someday. What type of music does the carillion play?

Joyce said...

A hidden treausure indeed. Love the last photo. xo

for the love of a house said...

Wow!!
And give B. some turkey will ya?!!

joan

vicki archer said...

Amazing...what a garden....delish looking turkey too Linda, xv.

Lisa said...

Have very fond memories visiting Bok Gardens with my grandmother and parents when I was a child. Wish I could go back.

Ivy Lane said...

thanks for sharing this Linda! I notated Bok Gardens in my travel log ... hope I will get to go there someday! Love the fountain!

Your dog is such a sweetie!!! :)

Have an awesome week ahead!

sealaura said...

Hi Linda!

That estate is definitely breathtaking. I do love the lush gardens and the tilework on the steps. I so long to visit Florida and check out all of those architectural delights like the one you have shown us today.

Happy Nester said...

I love Bok Tower. It has been a couple years since I have visited. Thanks for reminding me how beautiful it is.
Monica

Susan Erickson said...

That is my fantasy life right there....perfection....might have to plan a trip to Florida.......

Farmgirl Paints said...

Can't even believe that exists in the USA. So beautiful. Oh and I love swans too;)

Ragland Hill Social by Gwen Driscoll said...

Linda,
This place looks phenomenal. Thanks for the introduction. Hope you are well.

G

Susan S. said...

Wow....thanks for taking us to such pretty places! Those are lovely gardens and makes mine look really pathetic. :)

La Petite Gallery said...

Linda, you make me miss florida. I hve been to that tower, and there is a place you can fly into for lunch Chez something. They used to make soups. Do you know what I am talking about? I went there it has hotel rooms very Quaint.
Beautiful post
yvonne

La Petite Gallery said...

Linda,
Just remembered
it's Chez Sussane
Oh and how about the Kapoc tree inn

J - Pacha Mama said...

Holy Guacamole, why don't they sell that at Home Depot Garden Center?! We may have to make a roadtrip there, if I can convince the hubs ;)

anita said...

haha..linda u funny!

we know bok tower well. we motorcycle there at least once a year, and always spread a blanket out with picnic when we go. it is a lovely place. i learned of "kangaroo ferns" by wandering the grounds, and am garden inspired as well. the old estate is fun to tour too. very old florida!

becky at abbeystyle said...

Ooh, that is a lovely jewel...where is the Bok Tower located? I have a trip planned to the Spanish monastery in North Miami...

Black Zebra said...

Oh my goodness! was this actually someones home at one time? Turkey looking good;-)

Debbie said...

WOW Linda! I just have to go there when we visit my family in FL!

Thanks for stopping by the other day. Life and my blog seemed to head downhill collecting more dust than I wanted. I'm trying to get back into the swing of blogging regularly.

Wishing you and your family the very best now and always.

Blessings - Debbie

My Notting Hill said...

Love that old Florida look. Funny last pic!

Ann said...

Lovely garden...

And that last pic really got my attention:)

Cobalt Violet said...

What a beautiful place! I LOVE that fountain! I am taking it for my fantasy garden!

Mango Gal said...

This looks like such a beautiful place to spend the day, we'll definetly make a trip to visit!

Beehive Cottage said...

I love your blog! I used to live in Florida & miss it tremendously. I learned about the Singing Tower Gardens as a child, but never went. Thanks for the beautiful photo tour. Have you ever been to the Button House in Ft. Lauderdale? An oasis in the midst of madness.
Smiles, Debbie

Love Where You LIve said...

on my! what incredibly beautiful images. Almost surreal.

DILA said...

Wow! What a fantastic and beautiful place! Bad for me, I live so far away. Baut maybe one day I will visit Florida and then I now where to go.

/Dila

melifaif said...

My gosh that is beautiful. And LOL on the last comment and pics...hehehehe.

Tamara Jansen said...

What a beautiful place!

That photo of the pebbles in cement reminded me of the spa we went to in China. They had a foot path made in exactly the same path which was meant to give you a massage as you walked on it......PAINFUL!

Lisa said...

Linda,
This place is just incredible! Like another world somewhere. And that stone pattern picture had me really dizzy. Please tell me that someone else said that it moves when you scroll down. I have not checked the 35 previous comments.
Always fun to visit here...it's always an adventure!
xo

Stephanie said...

This place looks like Spain...jewel indeed...

complete with heart shaped swans

x...x

Vix said...

I am beyond behind on reading you, but had to say how your "Secret Florida" posts are among my favorites. Right after the ones of YOUR home and garden....

As always, thanks for sharing.

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