1801 NW s River Drive, Miami, FL 33125
Garden 206 is dedicated to William Bok a Dutch immigrant
who believed in the American dream. Bok acted as a mediator between the
Victorian world and a modern society; he had a hunger for self-education. Mr.
Bok was unselfish man who believed in promoting peace, culture and nature
preservation. He was as contributor to America as a philanthropists, educator
and socially minded leader who continues to better the world even today,
through Bok Towers. While living in central Florida Bok created Bok Tower
He was a well-respected environmental activist, impressed
by the tranquility of the area; he wanted to create a place that would touch
other souls with beauty and quiet. He purchased this land to be transformed
into gardens with a Singing Tower. He presented this gift to the American
people Feb. 1, 1929 as a token for the opportunities he had been
given. The Gardens offer opportunities for artistic, cultural, and spiritual
enrichment. It was not built as a church, or a school, it was built in
dedication to the repose of the human spirit. Bok’s story represents the
history of immigration, the influence of journalism on society, as well as
social and environmental advocate.
Bok Tower Gardens has offered 23 million visitors since
1929 a remarkable experience. Through its historic landscape gardens and unique
Since Mr. Bok wanted to leave a lasting impression on Florida
my hope is that this garden dedication will re-establish what a great Floridian
he was and I hope to be.