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.

5 comments:

  1. I bet this was a nice break from all of the Orlando crazyness! Jai and I are going to try and grow some herbs this summer. We always buy them and only use a small amount and then the rest gets thrown away. I hope we do okay with them because neither of us have a green thumb!

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  2. Beautiful pictures - so lush and green. I love gardening, too. Just four more weeks and I should be able to start planting!

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  3. I am so in love with these pictures. That one of the orchids are amazing. I can't wait for the crazy weather to be over and for warm days to grow plants to be here.

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  4. Wow - I love botanical gardens, and this one looks especially amazing! Thanks for sharing more photos. That vacation must have really been on to cherish!

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  5. SO breathtakingly beautiful!!! Such loveliness. It seems so peaceful! -S

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