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Give your sweetie a special treat this Valentine's Day. Splurge on an evening of fun and spend this day of love at a botanical garden.

Photo credit: Atlanta Botanical Garden, Valentines in the Garden 2011, Graceology PhotographyGive your sweetie a special treat this Valentine's Day. Splurge on an evening of fun and spend this day of love at a botanical garden.

Valentine's Day at the Atlanta Botanical Garden



Photo credit: Atlanta Botanical Garden, Valentines in the Garden 2011, Graceology Photography
Give your sweetie a special treat this Valentine's Day. Splurge on an evening of fun and spend this day of love at a botanical garden.

Valentine's Day reservations book up fast, but these botanical gardens still have a few spots open. Plan your visit today!

Atlanta Botanical Garden
Atlanta, Georgia
Valentines in the garden

Date: Thursday, February 14
Price: $25 members; $30 non-members
Enjoy an elegant evening of cocktails, dancing and desserts. Take a break from the entertainment by strolling the tropical conservatories with your sweetie. A cash bar, ice bar, photo booth and perfume-making class will keep the two of you entertained for the whole night. Buy tickets in advance and make a reservation for a private appointment if interested in creating your own custom fragrance.

Houston Arboretum & Nature Center
Houston, Texas
Tapas on the trails


Date: Saturday, February 9, 2013
Price: $75 for members; $85 for non-members
Take a romantic stroll throughout the garden's softly lit trails. Gourmet food is available at various stops throughout the garden and is paired with select wines. Dress comfortably for walking on the trails. Pre-registration is required by Friday, February 8 at 3 p.m.

Desert Botanical Garden
Phoenix, Arizona
Romance in the garden

Date: Saturday, February 16, 2013
Price: $30 for members; $35 non-members; Optional dinner ticket $35
A candlelit outdoor concert with the Chris Burton Jacome Flamenco Ensemble will be held on the Ullman Terrace. Stop by the cash bar and grab a cocktail, wine flight, or purchase a bottle of champagne. An optional gourmet dinner is available. Must be 21 or older to attend. Children not allowed.

Edith J. Carrier Arboretum
Harrisonburg, VA
Valentine's Day carriage rides

Date: Sunday, February 10, 2013, 1-4 p.m.; Thursday, February 14, 2013, 4-8 p.m.
Price: $10 per adult; $7 Children 7 and younger (children under 2 can ride on the lap for free)
Get warm and cozy under a blanket for a mile-long carriage ride that goes through the arboretum forest. Reserve tickets in advance and dress for the weather. Go the extra mile and get your Valentine a bouquet of flowers before the carriage ride.
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