Photo courtesy of Bloedel Reserve | Beautiful sights abound under Cupid’s affectionate gaze at Bloedel Reserve’s 5th Annual Cupid’s Walk, running from Friday, Feb. 9 through Sunday, Feb. 18.

Photo courtesy of Bloedel Reserve | Beautiful sights abound under Cupid’s affectionate gaze at Bloedel Reserve’s 5th Annual Cupid’s Walk, running from Friday, Feb. 9 through Sunday, Feb. 18.

Lace up for love: Cupid returns to Bloedel for fifth romantic walk event

Beautiful sights abound under Cupid’s affectionate gaze at Bloedel Reserve’s fifth Annual Cupid’s Walk, running from Friday, Feb. 9 through Sunday, Feb. 18.

This romantic tradition for the Valentine season invites guests to explore the love story of Prentice and Virginia Bloedel, as expressed in the spectacular gardens and landscapes of the reserve.

“A walk through Bloedel Reserve is good for the heart in so many ways,” said Ed Moydell, Bloedel’s executive director. “More than a place of uncommon originality and beauty, Bloedel is truly a living expression of a beautiful love story, the 65-year-plus marriage of Prentice and Virginia Bloedel. Their love of nature, and one another, is revealed in the gardens, ponds, and glens, and within their home.

“Cupid’s Walk is a chance to share the romance at the heart of the Bloedel landscapes with those you love. And what could be better for the heart?”

Couples and families — and friends and singles, too — can take in sweeping views, romantic overlooks and intimate gardens as they discover the real love story at the heart of Bloedel Reserve. Special spots along the trails, shown on a seasonal Cupid’s Walk map, reveal the underlying affection between Prentice and Virginia.

To sweeten this Valentine season tradition, guests will receive a special treat when they arrive at the Gatehouse.

Bloedel Reserve is open to the public Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with the last admission at 3 p.m. Adult admission is $17 with discounts for seniors, students and military.

The reserve is closed every Monday.

A nonprofit organization, the Bloedel Reserve is an internationally renowned public garden whose mission is to provide a tranquil and refreshing experience in nature. The reserve’s 150 acres are a unique blend of natural woodlands and beautifully landscaped gardens, including a Japanese garden, a moss garden, and reflection pool and the Bloedel’s own former French Country Chateau-style estate.

Visit www.bloedelreserve.org for more information.

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