2 girls, 1 week in a holiday villa in Orlando

The following day we headed out on the US 27 for Bok Tower Gardens as we were interested to see the newly opened Hammock Hollow.

Located to the right of the restaurant area as you go in, it is nice ly tucked away so the tranquility around the Tower is not spoiled.

Hammock Hollow is amazing – including a snake shaped sandpit, water fountains to play in, a word garden, fairy gardent with dress up accessories and stage, hammocks, pine garden.  With lots of shade, seating and picnic areas I think it will be very popular.

We also took.a turn along the main walk, through the wild garden and bog garden stopping briefly at the window on the pond.

We then headed to the Blue Palmetto Cafe for a lovely wrap and some beer battered fries.

After lunch we had a leisurely stroll up to the Tower, feeding the fish on the way.

Another excellent visit – highly recommended

Sign Saturday – Gopher Tortoise Crossing!

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Keep your eyes peeled – we have seen Gopher Tortoises along the roadside on the US192, on the way into Disney on the verges, Bok Tower Gardens, Lake Louisa State Park and at Wewiva Springs.  One time there was one in the middle of the road and we were so worried that it might get hit by a vehicle that we pulled over to assist it to the other side – I have never seen a tortoise shift quicker than it did as we approached!

Flashback Friday – Bok Tower Gardens Weddings

In 2012 we decided to renew our wedding vows in Florida and the place that immediately sprang to mind was Bok Tower Gardens.

We emailed their wedding planner Rita and received lots of information before planning to meet her when we were next over in the States.

On the day that we met with Rita, we were given a guided tour (via a golf buggy) so we could review and choose our favourite Garden Ceremony location.  We knew it would just be a small do, however, we didn’t receive less service.  We chose the Round Garden which can host up to 50 attendees and has the tower in the background.  Rita also gave us some contacts for ministers to officiate and other information which we may or may not need.  We had decided just to hold the ceremony there and then to move on to a local restaurant for a celebratory meal.

On the day itself, we arrived with our 6 guests and were able to get changed at Olmstead House.  We were then collected by golf cart and taken up to our ceremony location.  Our minister – Michael performed a beautiful renewal ceremony.  Rita then gave us all a grand tour of the estate stopping at various top spots for some beautiful photographs.

The whole experience was fabulous – our guests all thoroughly enjoyed it and were converted to Bok Tower fans too.  Rita looked after every detail and everyone and in the course of the months before our ceremony found out details about us to better understand us and our likes/dislikes.

In the good news department, there was a special rate for the sort of renewal of vows ceremony we had (less than 10 in total).  We were able to choose any of the wedding gardens, except Pinewood Estate or Swan Point, for a very discounted ceremony only rate of just $350.00, instead of the regular rate of $695.00, and it included absolutely everything that comes with the $695.00 wedding ceremony.

It’s a fabulous place to visit with or without a wedding – go to https://boktowergardens.org for more information