Why give your lover a bouquet when you can give an entire collection of flora, and toss in a waterfall for extra credit. The Los Angeles Arboretum
and Botanical Gardens in Arcadia wows with 127 acres of plant life. Just a half-mile stroll from the entrance, Meyberg Waterfall also makes a nice impression. Built on a hillside festooned with tropical and temperate plants, this oasis was designed to be Zen. A tumbling creek flows down a hillside of Japanese maples and pink trumpet trees before making a 15-foot plunge into a shallow pool surrounded by flowing cascades. A set of stairs next to Meyberg leads up to Mountain Vista, where views sweep north toward the San Gabriel Mountains. Sweet!BONUS:
Turn the romance dial to eleven by also checking out the ducks on Tule Pond, seeing the coast redwoods in the prehistoric forest, kicking back on the porch of the ornate Queen Anne Cottage (resembling something straight out of Alice in Wonderland), and watching peacocks strut around the Peacock Café.The Los Angeles Arboretum is located at 301 N. Baldwin Ave. in Arcadia just south of I-210 (map). Parking is free and admission is $8 for adults and $3 for children 5 to12 (kids under 4 are free). You will be given a park map at the entrance, and there are several “you are here” maps posted around the park. Turn left at the first intersection inside the park to make your way to the waterfall. The arboretum is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., last admission at 4:30 p.m. No dogs.