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Bok Tower Gardens Visitors Center

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posted by alias Robert F. Carter on Sunday 12th of February 2017 04:08:03 PM

Allow me to share some Photographer's Metadata . . . When we are in Florida, we make an effort to visit new botanical gardens with the hope of discovering some gems previously unknown to us. Unfortunately, most of them do not live up to their billing or advertising. At the same time, on each trip to Florida, we also visit Bok Tower Gardens numerous times because we know it never disappoints. We noted last year (2016) that work was going on all around the grounds of the gardens. On our first visit this year, we were pleasantly surprised to see most of the work completed. So we began this year's first visit in the new children's area where we were met inside the gates by sidewalk art of a turtle set into the pavement by individually placed stones (these few words fail to do it justice). Next we came upon a thermal feature that reminded us of those steam vents at Yellowstone National Park . . . and, then, suddenly, the steaming disappeared and turned into arcing sprays of water (good for children to play in during hot summer days). Going a bit further, we came to a huge, 40-foot-long spider's web. The spider's web was actually rope interwoven and attached tightly by cables on its side to give children a huge trampoline-like hammock to play on (must be seen to be appreciated). There was so much to see in the 'children's' area that my wife and I felt it should be the first place for visitors to see without their children. We paid a brief visit to the new kitchen garden which spotlights many edible plants we take for granted. Walking toward the tower, we chose our pathway through the flowers carelessly because we knew we would be back to check the "other" paths at a later date. I cannot do proper justice to this walk in the brief time I wish to take here. Just know it is fabulous! Afterwards, we had a wonderful lunch in the restaurant (a turkey wrap of sorts that was the finest I have ever tasted). After lunch, we visited the Pinewood Estate. Though their work continues to be on-going here, it is worthwhile to visit. Be sure to see it inside and out. Check its huge back yard and the pond at the bottom of the hill. Bok Tower Gardens, located in Lake Wales, Florida, is not inexpensive to visit, but the visitor will never be disappointed . . . and remember to take your camera. I have much more metadata from this visit . . . but I felt this brief version would suffice. This image at the visitors center was taken last year on my arrival. I have more pictures from Bok Tower Gardens in my "Bok Tower" album.

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