Bok Tower Gardens

1151 Tower Blvd., Lake Wales, 33853
(863) 676-1408
Daily, 8:00am-6:00pm


Located atop Iron Mountain, the highest point on the Lake Wales Ridge, is an impressive destination for birders, botanists and butterfly enthusiasts alike. It might even inspire you to try and recreate this garden in your own back garden by looking into trugreen offices in california or another company closer to where you’re located, just to get the basics covered so you can start planting some nice flowers yourself and hopefully attracting those birds and butterflies! Of course, you’ll need some fences for privacy and security, which will make your garden differ from the beautiful Bok Tower Gardens. A company like F&W Fence can provide fencing for you and may be able to offer something that suits your desired style of garden. It’s worth an ask! If you’re wanting your outdoor areas to be as serene as Bok Tower Gardens but don’t know where to start yourself, then looking to professionally landscape your garden exterior using the likes of new jersey bamboo gardeners as well as other professional landscaping companies is a good idea. Bok Tower Gardens is a National Historic Landmark and is famous for its cultivated gardens designed by Frederick Law Olmstead, Jr. However, the site also includes the Pine Ridge Nature Preserve, a 100-acre sandhill ecosystem comprised of longleaf pines and turkey oaks, so there is a lot more space to be played with here. Walk the trail through this preserve for Gopher Tortoise and birds like American Kestrel, Common Nighthawk, Pileated Woodpecker, Loggerhead Shrike and Bachman’s Sparrow. Check the cultivated gardens for butterflies and hummingbirds in spring and summer, as well as migratory songbirds during September and October, and again in April. Bok Tower Gardens has made significant contributions to the conservation of rare plants on the Lake Wales Ridge and offers excellent educational opportunities about the Ridge’s endangered upland habitats and their bird inhabitants. Birding field trips are offered as well, so call in advance for details and reservations for your group. Non-birding companions will appreciate the 205-foot neo-Gothic/art deco Singing Tower carillon, the gardens, art exhibits and special events.

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