Bok Tower Gardens Offers Free Admission for Boktoberfest Plant Sale October 17

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One of the most popular Central Florida attractions, the Bok Tower Gardens National Historic Landmark will be hosting the 2009 Boktoberfest Plant Sale on October 17 and is offering free admission to all visitors.

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Boktoberfest celebrates the start of Florida's gardening season

Bok Tower Gardens will host the first annual Boktoberfest Plant Sale with free admission on October 17 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The inaugural event will feature live music, German food, beer and fun for the whole family including tree climbing, face painting, butterfly house tours and more. Sponsored by the Lake Wales News, underwriting also is provided by Honorable Patricia Combs Fawcett, retired chief judge from the Middle District of Florida at Orlando and a Gardens' board member, in memory of her late mother, Mary Combs, a longtime volunteer at the Gardens. Visit http://boktowergardens.org or call 863-676-1408 for more information.

"Boktoberfest celebrates the start of Florida's gardening season," explains David Price, Gardens' president. "We're excited about providing this opportunity for plant lovers and gardeners to find a wide variety of Florida garden plants - the rare, the unusual and the beautiful."

Gardens' members will have first choice to purchase plants from 8 to 9 a.m. Some of the plants for sale will include orchids, palms, trees, tropical fruits, Florida natives, ferns, bamboo, roses, heliconias, bromeliads, tillandsia air plants and water lilies. Education will be provided by Master Gardeners, plant societies, garden clubs and the UF-IFAS Extension Service with Dr. David Shibles, Polk County's residential horticulture agent along with extension agent emeritus Tom MacCubbin. Florida's foremost expert on lawn and garden issues, MacCubbin is a popular radio host who has authored numerous gardening books.

Live music and entertainment will be provided by Alpine Express, Good Times Jazz Band, Southbound Band and the 60-bell Singing Tower carillon. A four-member, lederhosen ensemble, Alpine Express plays instruments from Germany, Austria and Switzerland including the button accordion, cowbells, a wooden Alpine xylophone ("wooden laughter"), shoes (for shoe-slapping rhythms), "Singing Saw" and long Swiss alphorns the size of trees.

Voted "Florida's Best Garden" by readers of Florida Monthly magazine, the National Historic Landmark was dedicated in 1929 as a gift from world peace advocate Edward Bok. As one of the most beautiful Central Florida attractions, Bok Tower Gardens features nearly 700 acres of conservation lands and gardens surround a 205-foot art deco Singing Tower carillon and Pinewood Estate, a 20-room, Mediterranean-style 1930s winter retreat. The haven for wildlife filled with rare plants found nowhere else in the world and hidden geocaches is one of the most popular things to do in Central Florida where visitors can relax and escape the stress of today's busy world.

About Bok Tower Gardens:
Bok Tower Gardens, a National Historic Landmark, is located 55 miles southwest of Orlando and 60 miles east of Tampa near Lake Wales in Central Florida's rolling hills of citrus, and is open every day of the year from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., last admission at 5 p.m. The Visitor Center, Café and Gift Shop are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults and $3 for ages 5-12. Members and children under 5 are admitted free. For more information contact Bok Tower Gardens, 1151 Tower Boulevard, Lake Wales FL 33853; 863-676-1408 or visit http://www.boktowergardens.org.

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