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Romance in the Garden May 12-13 at Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden

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Romance in the Garden is this weekend, May 12-33, at the Miszumoto Japanese Stroll Garden, the perfect place to enjoy an evening of fine music along with a quiet stroll in one the Ozarks’ most popular garden destinations.

Flowers aren’t the only attraction in springtime, but they do seem to go hand-in hand with romantic inclinations and specials memories. Romance will definitely be in bloom  this weekend at the Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden at the Springfield Botanical Gardens, in Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park, 2400 S. Scenic Ave.

Enjoy an evening with your main squeeze at the Romance in the Garden event, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 12, and 13,  Admission is $10 per person or $15 per couple, for ages 17 and up only.

Friends of the Garden and the Springfield-Greene County Park Board partner to present this event in the beautiful 7.5-acre walled garden, which will be lit with candle lanterns, torches and floating luminaries, with soft music playing nearby. Wishing lanterns, to float in the koi pond, are available at the park for $5.

New this spring, picnic basket packages with two chocolate-covered strawberries, two chocolate truffles, sparkling juice, a keepsake picnic blanket and admission for two to the event, for $40. Advance ordering required by noon Friday.

Tickets to Romance in the Garden and the picnic basket package may be ordered at FriendsoftheGarden.org, or purchased in person at the Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center in Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park, 2400 S. Scenic Ave. Tickets are also sold at the gate to the garden.

For more information, call the Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center at 417-891-1515, or Friends of the Garden at 417-874-2952.

George Freeman is a veteran journalist and photographer. An award-winning writer, editor and columnist in Springfield, Mo., with more than 50 years experience. His preference is for positive and uplifting stories about people, places, traditions and trends that make the Ozarks one of the most livable regions anywhere. A member of the Garden Writers Association of America, he is a past-president of the Society of Professional Journalists of Southwest Missouri, the Kansas and Ohio AP societies; a board member of Friends of the Garden and a member of the Rotary Club of Springfield. In 1976, he traveled to India as a member of a Rotary Foundation Group Study Exchange Team.

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