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Garden 206 William Bok

Posted By Liane Sippin, Thursday, April 24, 2014

Garden 206
1801 NW s River Drive, Miami, FL 33125

Edward William Bok (1863-1930)

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 Gardens. 

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 Singing Tower

 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 


 

 

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