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Watch: Bok Tower Gardens Major Expansion Planned

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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.

Even at this timeless place, change is on the way. Gardens President David Price announced their biggest expansion - ever.

"Well, I think it's preserving what we have. It's rejuvenating the garden and restoring the tower," says Price. "But also opening the garden to new audiences. We're really expanding our educational programming, our area that children can interact and play. The future is what's exciting."

Click on the link below to watch a video of preparations for the Gardens' largest expansion in its history.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=stTY0llN6OI&list=UUsN1ZItTKcJ4AGsBIni35gg&feature=c4-overview