In 1932 Bethlehem Steel Vice President Charles Buck built a winter retreat next to Bok Garden. He liked what Bok had done with the gardens and hired the same landscape architect- Frederick Olmsted Jr.. The Bok Gardens acquired the home in 1970. The home is a rather long sprawling Mediterranean- style building. I found it difficult to take a picture which would adequately do it justice because of its length as well as the many live oaks and tall pines which surround it. While waiting in line to enter the house we had time to admire the side garden.
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Sunday, November 27, 2016
It is our wish that you, our readers, had a blessed Thanksgiving. Our was spent with our daughter Melissa and husband Spencer. How our meal came together is a very convoluted saga, starting with a teething and fussy baby who just wanted to be held, and a two-year old who burned his hand on the smoker and also wanted to be held. We drafted the men folk into action, doing baby holding as well as peeling potatoes. Our Thanksgiving meal did eventually makes its way to the table, and was quite delicious. Looking back on that day I can only say it was a good day, and I am still thankful for the grandchildren! However, the next day I did feel in need of rest, so we went on a road trip to Bok Tower Gardens, a trip of about 80 miles one way. The gardens and tower were the dream of Edward Bok who employed an architect, landscape architect, and bell founder to make his dream become a reality. The gardens were dedicated by President Coolidge in 1929.