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Southern California Gardens: Nine Places For Romance On Valentines Day

Trazzler     First Posted: 02/07/11 07:21 PM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 07:30 PM ET

Text by Megan Cytron, Editor of Trazzler

While much of the rest of the country clings desperately to the weather predictions of a furry oracle who lives in a hole, Southern Californians don't need a groundhog to give them permission to go outside in February. We like the budget-friendly romance of these nine gardens. Tell us about your favorites!

Inside the crowded and hectic Orange County area of southern California, there's a tranquil 26-acre garden oasis: the Fullerton Arboretum. In addition to a collection of over 4,000 plants, trees, shrubs, cacti, herbs, and fruits, this botanical museum also features two ponds, a stream, waterfall, and native wildlife. With an authentic Victorian cottage on site, many weddings and social gatherings also routinely take place. Opening in 1979, this refuge inspires many residents in the designing and planting of their own gardens. The Arboretum also serves as an educational resource in ecology, horticulture, and plant diversity. Visitors are encouraged to buy unique plants from The Potting Shed, and gardening gifts from the Gift and Garden Shop. Entrance is free (donations are welcomed!) and the parking is also free.

Writer: Bartley J. D'Alfonso | Photo: Bartley J. D'Alfonso
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