The Outdoor Kitchen and Edible Garden at Bok Tower Gardens offers a modern design in harmony with the landscape and allows guests to enjoy a celebration of fresh food and culinary programming.
In early 2014, Bok Tower Gardens embarked on a major undertaking to rejuvenate their historic core garden, improve accessibility, update their Visitor Center, restore and expand the gardens at Window by the Pond, build an Outdoor Kitchen and Edible Garden, and develop a garden space just for children. A few of these projects are still underway, but the Outdoor Kitchen and Edible Garden opened on April 9.
The Outdoor Kitchen
The Outdoor Kitchen features a wood fired Belgard brick oven, Fire Magic grill, Fire Magic cook top and range, True Refrigerator and freezer drawers, a unique fire pit, and other top of the line kitchen appliances.
Festive café string lights, ceiling fans and vine trellises make the kitchen functional, beautiful and intimate despite its large size – more than 6,000-square feet. The center island with a granite countertop provides more than 15-feet of space for chef demonstrations.
The Edible Garden
Currently bursting with a bounty of late spring produce including kohlrabi, bok choy, arugula, broccoli, tomatoes, cilantro, and rosemary, the Edible Garden surrounds the Outdoor Kitchen.
The Edible Garden also features a fruit orchard, grape arbors, and raised beds for herbs and vegetables. This area will be a hub of horticultural and culinary activity, and will showcase lifestyle gardening and the culinary arts. The Edible Garden also complements the Gardens’ new educational partnership with University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) which develops garden and wellness programs for schools and communities throughout the state.
Children’s Garden Discovery Center
Three acres north of the Visitor Center are being transformed into engaging garden spaces just for kids. The new Children’s Garden will be a place of hands-on fun, natural beauty, learning, and creative play. It will feature beautiful art, cooling water features, vibrant plantings, a boardwalk and more. This new space is scheduled to open in September 2016.