Wednesday, April 9, 2008
Bok Tower Gardens
Thanks to Phil and his love of planning and reading guide books, we were able to enjoy some amazing sights at the Historic Bok Sanctuary outside of Orlando. This might have been one of my favorite days. But then, there were so many moments, I might not be able to say that. At the very least it was an experience I will always remember, and an experience that has inspired me to get "growing" even more plants and flowers than I currently have been. (One of my dreams is to complete a master gardener series someday.) This place is amazing, and such a refuge from the man-made monstrosity that is Orlando and it's theme parks and tourist shops. A welcome respite designed back in the 1920's by a man named Edward Bok, of the Netherlands. He came to the U.S. and built the public gardens and his estate in an attempt to make things "more beautiful". He did indeed. The singing tower on the estate boasts one of the nations most beautiful Carillon instruments, complete with two full time artists who give daily concerts, which can be heard all throughout the sanctuary. Most exquisite and peaceful. We went with the girls and my parents (Nana and Papa) and we all loved spending an afternoon there.