A ROMANTIC REFUGE

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When you’re taking a stroll through the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, it’s easy to forget that New York’s concrete jungle is right around the corner, and that’s what makes it an ideal destination for a day date. You and your sweetheart can hold hands and wander for hours in the lush greenery thinking only of each other. Start with a slow walk together along the romantic Cherry Esplanade, where exquisite trees form a picture-perfect corridor of pink flowers during cherry blossom season. Then take in the beautiful aromas of the Fragrance Garden. Designed for the sight-impaired, visitors are encouraged to touch and smell the fragrant flowers, trees, and herbs on display—close your eyes and experience it with your other senses. Then continue on to the exotic plant pavilions, where you’ll marvel at the small-scale perfection of Japanese bonsai trees and aquatic plants. Here’s a tip for chilly days: Guide your date to the desert pavilion, where a beautifully re-created southwestern desert—complete with cacti and wildflowers—will warm you up in no time. And while they won’t allow you to gather a bouquet from the Rose Garden, the Garden Shop carries a wide selection of beautiful plants to give to your sweetheart, along with the supplies you’ll need for your new, green hobby. There’s something in bloom year-round, so whenever you arrive, you’ll be surrounded by natural beauty.

Brooklyn Botanic Garden

1000 Washington Ave. Brooklyn NY 11225

(718) 623-7200

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