Gardens are romantic by nature. That’s why one of our most frequently asked questions is, “What’s the most romantic spot at the Garden?”
So we scoped it out, asked around, and compiled a list of our top ten most romantic spots. Now it’s up to you to…
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The Krasberg Rose Garden’s arbor is the perfect place to pause on a romantic stroll.
1. “Doesn’t it smell wonderful?”
Claim a bench under the Krasberg Rose Garden’s arbor and take a deep breath. Then another. Soon you’ll be discussing the bouquet of roses—one smells of musk, another of tea, a third of myrrh—just as you do a fine wine. (Which, by the way, is available at the Garden View Café.)
“Something borrowed, something blue…” sets the tone in the English Walled Garden.
2. “Would you like to sit here?”
With climbing hydrangeas overhead, a pergola of white wisteria just ahead, and a romantic morning glory tile inset behind you (are those leaves or hearts?), the vividly blue bench tucked into the niche at the English Walled Garden is the prettiest seat at the Garden.
3. “Shall we cross that bridge?”
On summer evenings, the bridges to Evening Island—the Arch Bridge and the Serpentine Bridge—are lit at night. A bridge is such a splendid place for a private conversation and…reflection.
The dramatically lit Serpentine Bridge is the path to summer evening romance.
4. “Can you top this?”
The top of the Waterfall Garden has it all: rushing water, a sweet arbor, birds chirping in shady trees. It’s one of the best spots at the Garden to sit…very…close.
The peaceful hideaway atop the Waterfall Garden is a romantic destination in any season.
5. “Pics or it didn’t happen?”
Romantic memories need a great background. At the top of the Sensory Garden is the photo-worthy frame you’re looking for.
Tucked away in the Sensory Garden is this shady arbor, ready for a romantic moment.
6. “Want to try a new place?”
One of the newest—and therefore least-discovered—spots in the Garden is Kleinman Family Cove. Take advantage of the quiet, the deck that hovers over the water, and the natural chorus of frogs…
A shoreline chorus is the perfect accompaniment to your proposal at the Cove.
7. “Doesn’t that sound amazing?”
On Monday nights, carillonneurs from around the globe transform Evening Island into an outdoor concert hall. Not coincidentally, it’s also picnic night. Got the picture? A romantic picnic, the music of bells, and a secluded spot on Evening Island, where two perfectly placed rocks make a perfect seat for a perfect couple.
Enjoy a concert for two on Monday nights from this secret spot on Evening Island.
8. “Which path do you want to take?”
A summer walk through the Dixon Prairie is inherently romantic, with grasses and prairie flowers taller than your head, and late-day light filtering through the foliage. Take the boardwalk bridge across the water to tiny Marsh Island for a memorable sunset moment.
Prairie plants grow tall enough to hide stolen kisses off the beaten path on Marsh Island.
9. “Do you feel like a beer?”
There’s something different about this arch: it’s made from hops—which, of course, are the key ingredients in beer. Take photos under the archway, sit for a while in the Circle Garden’s very romantic “secret” side gardens, then ask the beer question. The answer will be “Yes.”
Pop the question in one of the side gardens of the Circle Garden for a “hoppy” answer!
10. “May I have this dance?”
Dancing is romantic. Outdoor dancing is super romantic. Outdoor dancing at the Garden is meta romantic. And it happens every weeknight during the summer. Salsa, swing, big band, bluegrass, and jazz rock the most beautiful “dance floor” in town.
Pop the question after a sunset samba on the dance floor with the best view in town: the Esplanade.
After you pop the other question…