In the Mood for Love

Garfield Park was in the mood for love this past weekend.

Garfield Park was in the mood for love this past weekend.

Caitlyn and I aren’t ones much for going out on Valentine’s Day to celebrate—we can be plenty romantic without paying for a high-priced meal at a crowded restaurant with stressed-out Cassanovas.

But we did find one event on the Interwebs recently that sounded pretty cool: Indy parks’ Garfield Park Conservatory, which is about a mile or two south of us, was hosting “Sweets for Your Sweetie,” where, for a cool $15/couple, you could walk around the conservatory at night and sample foods and drinks made from plants like the ones right before you. Educational AND tasty? Count us in!

Ginger snaps for the discriminating palette.

Ginger snaps and chai spiced tea for the discriminating palette.

At first, we were nervous: It was crazy crowded but, as people actually got into the conservatory, the crowd thinned out, going in different directions and restoring some of the intimacy to the night. Dried mango, chocolate (from cacao pods, of course) in varying percentages of darkness, ginger snaps and coconut cashews were just some of the many treats on hand in front of their namesake plants. Visitors could even score some free locally made bubblegum in Chicklet-sized form.

Vanna White ... er ... Caitlyn showing off the bounty.

Vanna White … er … Caitlyn showing off the bounty.

With twinkle lights strewn about the plants and romantic music on the speakers (there was a hiccup where Martina McBride’s “Valentine” played on loop for the first 10 or so minutes, but things got better after that), Indy Parks clearly put some thought into this event.

Stopping for a pic by the grotto.

Stopping for a pic by the grotto.

What’s better is that it hopefully got people into a building they might not have normally stepped foot in; it worked for us! We’re looking forward to going back to check out the plants and small collection of lizards and spiders in the daytime (admission is only a buck). If the weather’s decent, we also recommend taking a stroll in the beautiful sunken gardens, one of Indy’s great landscaping gems.

Learn more about Garfield Park on its website.

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