Romance Blooms at the Arboretum This Valentine's Day


Whether you choose to celebrate Valentine’s Day on Saturday or Sunday, the arboretum sets the stage for romance and is full of amorous opportunities:


  • The meandering walkways and sweeping views make for the perfect romantic stroll and allow for plenty of time to hold hands.
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  • There is a bench in the Sculpture Garden, next to the Wissahickon Creek, that is ideal for snuggling for warmth and listening to the soothing sounds of the flowing water.


  • The statue of Mercury at the Mercury Loggia is an excellent place to take a selfie together and you can sneak a kiss in the private grotto underneath.


  • There is no more romantic, fairy-tale inspired backdrop than the Swan Pond, with its Temple of Love and graceful Mute Swans, who often mate for life. Watch the swans and ducks, which are there even in this cold weather, while they swim and bathe.



  • Slip into a Victorian romance novel as you enter the Fernery. Peer over the railing of the small, wooden bridge to observe the Koi swimming in the pond and imagine you’ve stepped back in time.


  • The secluded Orange Balustrade, surrounded by trees, feels like an open-air cathedral with its vaulted roof. The benches encourage you to sit and talk, make plans for the future, or whisper sweet nothings that only the birds can hear.
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Complete your amorous day by making reservations at one of the many wonderful restaurants in downtown Chestnut Hill for Sunday brunch or dinner, such as Cake Bakery & Bistro, Paris Bistro & Jazz Café, or Mica.

Has the romance of the arboretum inspired you to pop the question? If so, the bride-to-be can start planning for the big day by attending the Wedding Open House on Wednesday, February 24th from 5-8pm.

Consider making a gift in honor of your Valentine to support the gardens, where you can find flowers in bloom all year long.

Romance blooms at the arboretum, on Valentine’s Day and EVERY day!


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Article by guest blogger Kristen Bower