Bok Tower Gardens

Julian Torres

The folks at Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales say they're expecting clear skies for their second annual "HARMONY Dark Sky Festival & Star Party" Saturday, January 13 from 4 to 9:30 p.m.

Courtesy of Erica Smith, Bok Tower Gardens

Have you ever looked up at the sky and found the artificial light was blocking out the stars? Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales is drawing attention to this issue on Saturday night.

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A 15-foot-tall Christmas tree was created with nearly 350 bromeliads can be seen outside the Holiday Home Tour at Pinewood Estate during the Christmas at Bok Tower Gardens celebration, November 27th through January 3rd.

Click on the video below to hear Bok Tower gardener John Arnett talk about this unique tree.

Watch: Bok Tower Gardens Major Expansion Planned

Feb 3, 2014
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Bok Tower Gardens has been described as an island of tranquility in a sea of a Florida constantly changing. Since 1929, the "Singing Tower" has lorded over Lake Wales, atop the highest hill this side of the Panhandle. This week, this refuge of natural Florida celebrates its 85th birthday. Times have changed a bit since President Calvin Coolidge dedicated the Art Deco carillon tower, fashioned of pink Georgia marble and native Florida coquina.

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For 85 years, Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales has been a reminder of the way Florida used to be. On Saturday, the gardens will mark its 85th birthday with a free open house and comments from former Senator Bob Graham. They'll also announce plans for the biggest expansion in its history. We look at how one of Florida's oldest attractions will be transformed - but essentially stay the same.

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A lot of voting will take place this summer, from St. Petersburg's mayoral primary to names for the new lion cubs at Busch Gardens.

Here's one more ballot you can cast: A handful of Florida attractions are up for the honor of being declared the Eighth Wonder of the World. The contest is being held by, an offshoot of the popular Dozens of attractions from around the world are in the running, including eight in the Sunshine State. Here's what Virtual Tourist says about them:

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The bell tower at Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales is revered enough as a place to perform that there have been only three carillonneurs in it's 83-year history. Today, the fourth will be shown off to the public for the first time.