Director's Tours

Every year Edison Ford offers a dynamic selection of director's tours. Participants can choose from among nature and botanical-themed tours, to museum and shopping tours, to architectural tours and much more. Director's tours are typically offered monthly from October through May. 

Coming Up: Saturday, March 24, 2018 - Lake Wales, Bok Tower Gardens and Pinewood Historic Estate

     Come join us for the final Director’s Tour of the season!

     Bok Tower Gardens has offered some of Florida’s most memorable experiences to over 23 million visitors. Through its historic landscape gardens, unique Singing Tower carillon and magnificent 1930’s Mediterranean-style mansion, and the gardens offer unparalleled opportunities for artistic, cultural personal and spiritual enrichment.

     Edward Bok immigrated to America from the Netherlands as a child. Through hard work and great determination he became a successful publisher, Pulitzer Prize-winning author, respected humanitarian and advocate of world peace and the environment. Historic Bok Tower Sanctuary and Gardens was designed in 1921 by Frederick Olmsted, for Edward Bok and his wife, financier and music lover. It was designed with 100 acres of gardens full of live oaks, camellias, azaleas and a spectacular bell carillon tower. These subtropical conditions and the planting of bushes and trees began to provide food for migrating birds. Today, over 126 bird species take refuge at the gardens.

     We will begin the day with a private docent-led tour of the Olmsted Landscape Gardens. A private, catered lunch will also be included. Next we will take a docent-led tour of the Pinewood Estates which was the winter home for the famous American industrialist Charles Austin Buck. He was once the second largest steel producer and shipbuilder in the U.S. He chose the Lake Wales area to be near his sister. We will get to enjoy a spectacular concert from the 60-bell carillon tower. This 205 foot neo-Gothic and art deco Singing Tower carillon is an experience like no other. You will have a chance to see a short orientation film, visit the exhibit hall and see the rotating art exhibits on your own.

     We will allow time before we depart for you to check out the gift shop. We will provide snacks and drinks on the bus.

     Cost: Edison Ford Members $100; non-members $115. To pre-register now or for more information, contact Sherri Muske at or call 239-335-3677.

     This tour will depart from the Edison Ford main parking lot at 7:30 a.m. and return approximately at 6:30 p.m. Transportation will be provided by Dolphin Transportation.