Discover Spring’s Beauty with an Array of Color at Bok Tower Garden’s Peak Bloom
Posted on February 20th, 2013 by Rebecca Thompson
Discover the beauty of spring at Bok Tower Gardens’ Peak Bloom when the nearly 50 acres of landscape gardens transform into a rainbow of color.
Visitors of the tranquil gardens will notice more than 150 varieties of camellias, hundreds of azaleas and numerous nun’s orchids, irises, violas, snapdragons, dianthus, hollyhocks and more all in bloom during the spring season.
While those up north observe the fall’s changing of tree leaves, Central Floridians and area visitors celebrate spring’s blooming of not only flowers, but of trees as well. Guests will notice that Bok Tower Gardens is home to native plums, pink and yellow taebuia and deciduous magnolias that bloom with the flowers during these spectacular months.
As with anything in nature, though, the exact date is hard to predict. According to BokTowerGardens.org and Nick Baker, director of horticulture at Bok Tower Gardens, while cold weather can delay flowering, azaleas are expected to peak the third week in February and continue to do so throughout the month of March.
Exploring the Gardens
Explore the vibrant gardens at your own pace or by tour with a free 45-minute guided excursion offered daily from 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. This is the opportunity for an insider look into the Gardens and the perfect chance to learn more about these blooming plants.
Families can take advantage of the season, and make it a favorable outing by utilizing the Garden Adventure Guide and Family Discovery Backpacks featuring fun facts and activities that include a scavenger hunt. All guides and backpacks are on loan, free of charge, at the Visitor Center.
Top 10 Reasons to Visit
Check out Bok Tower Gardens’ Top 10 Reasons to Visit During Peak Bloom:
1. Garden photography with a beautiful spring backdrop.
2. Daily Guided Garden Tours.
3. Watching Geert D’hollander play the carillon live at 1:00 & 3:00 p.m. (Thursday-Sunday).
4. Hiking the new 1.5 mile Preserve Trail and seeing the citrus up-close.
5. Geocaching on the Pine Ridge Trail with friends.
6. Enjoying an ice cream while watching for hummingbirds at the Blue Palmetto Café.
7. Picnicking on the Great Lawn.
8. Learning about horticulture from the Great Garden Speaker Series.
9. Indoor concerts in the Visitor Center and Pinewood Estate.
10. Shopping in the Tower & Garden Gift Shop for a unique treasure or plant to take home.
SPECIAL ONLINE ONLY OFFER
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Bok Tower Gardens, a national historic landmark, is located on peninsular Florida’s highest point and offers visitors a tranquil setting for an afternoon stroll, garden-viewing, carillon concerts, annual events and meetings. The centerpiece of the 157-acre garden woodland is the magnificent 205-foot tall singing bell tower housing one of the world’s greatest carillons. Bok Tower Gardens is open 365 days a year from 8:00 a.m. – 6:00p.m.