Roses are red, violets are blue, we’re already planning for Valentines Day, why aren’t you? Not particularly romantic, but that sentiment seems clear when already every grocery store aisle groans with red and pink merchandise, cards, and heart-shaped boxes of all things sugary. The good news is that, as with most things, if you just plan ahead a bit, you can avoid having to go the kinda-cheesy and obviously-last-minute route on Valentines Day, and instead give your sweetie something truly thoughtful and unique (which of course helps send the message, “I am truly thoughtful and unique”). A great way to start? With a Victorian Valentine making workshop at the Cylburn Arboretum on February 8th.
Back in the day, they really understood the art of wooing. In lieu of a few mouse clicks to order flower delivery, or 140 characters worth of an affectionate shout-out, declarations of love required time and energy. Messages had to be delivered by horseback. And keepsakes were made by hand. You too can channel your inner Romantic at the Cylburn Arboretum’s Victorian Valentine making workshop. They supply all of the materials along with light refreshments and some instruction for the uninitiated. You’ll be using natural pressed flowers and foliage with Victorian decorations. Make and deliver one of these, and no one has to sit around plucking petals and sing-songing, “he loves me; he loves me not.”
The Victorian Valentine workshop takes place at the Cylburn Arboretum on February 8th. The event costs $20 for members, $25 general admission. For more information, and to reserve a spot, visit www.cylburn.org.