In the central part of Florida is the small town of Lake Wales, known for its incredible beauty park. The park pleases the eye with gardens, a variety of fruit and flower plants. At the very heart of the park is a beautiful bell tower, built in the colonial style.
History of Bok Gardens and Towers
Bok Tower Gardens got its name in honor of the publisher and writer Edward Bok. In 1869, Bok and his parents arrived in the United States from Holland to settle here forever. Bok was destined to become the pride of literary America.
For one of his books, Mr. Bok won the main literary prize in the United States — Pulitzer. Bok published a women's magazine, which became the first periodical in the world with a circulation of over 1 million copies.
In addition to publishing, Bok was engaged in charity work, he created several funds and enterprises. At the beginning of the 20th century, the publisher decided to create a unique park in Florida.
Unusual and mysterious: what to see Bok Tower Gardens
The Bok Historical Reserve over time has become one of the main cultural attractions of the United States. The park began with the creation of an irrigation system, planting shrubs and flowers that attract birds.
In the center of the park, Bok ordered the construction of a Dutch tower with 60 bells: he paid tribute to his distant Motherland.
Over time, the trees planted on the hill turned into beautiful gardens. Bock said that he is giving the park to America for the opportunities that this country has given him. In 1929, President C. Coolidge signed a decree on the transfer of Boka Park to the American people.
The park and Bok Gardens are breathtaking. Narrow paths laid in thickets lead from one garden to another. There is no limit to the visitor’s curiosity, he is walking faster along the path, trying to see what is around the bend.
There is a sundial in the stunning butterfly garden. If you stand in a specially marked place - you can see how the visitor’s shadow accurately indicates the time of day. In a citrus garden, oranges are twisted from the branches, the heady aroma of grapefruit spills in the air.
The mysterious park and Edward Bok Tower are also the habitat of tame swans. Birds swim in the pond surrounding the bell tower. Swans with pleasure take bread from the hands of visitors, and if they are greedy, they can peck guest shoes.
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