Bok Tower Gardens will break ground on the largest expansion in its 85-year history on Friday.
Early this year, the Lake Wales attraction announced a public capital campaign to raise $12 million. It has raised $10.5 million so far.
The elements planned include a children's garden, an outdoor kitchen with edible garden, a wild garden and the Oval Lawn with Pollinator Garden. Three undeveloped acres of land north of the current Visitor Center will be used to create the children’s garden and outdoor kitchen.
The expansion, expected to be complete by late spring of 2016, also will feature restoration work on the tower, including removal of rust, sealing and painting the...