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January 29, 2004|By Grant Huang

Treat your sweetie to a romantic stroll along the flower-lined lanes at Longwood Gardens' Conservatory in Kennett Square, Pa., during their "Sweetheart Days" Monday to Feb. 6 and Feb. 9 to Feb. 13.

On "Sweetheart Days," visitors will receive a free guest ticket with every admission ticket they purchase. Folks can enjoy Longwood's heated indoor gardens and greenhouses as well as miles of outdoor trails. Guests can see the sights and smell the scents of spring in the three-acre conservatory, full of gorgeous freesias and tulips in bloom, while tropical plants and waterfalls highlight the Cascade Garden. Birdwatchers will spot plenty of songbirds. The Terrace Restaurant will be serving "Sweetheart Week" desserts.

Adult admission is $12 ($8 on Tuesdays), ages 16-20 are $6, ages 6-15 are $2 and children under 6 are admitted free. Longwood Gardens is on U.S. Route 1 in Kennett Square, Pa. More information, including directions and a schedule of events, is online at www.longwoodgardens.org or by calling 610-388-1000.

Restoration event

Calling all kids: The Stephen Decatur House Museum in Washington will be holding a restoration workshop called "Just For Kids" Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon. The workshop, designed for children and their families, is a hands-on opportunity for participants to see how a room is restored. Children will draw and mold architectural details from the house, identify paint layers dating back more than 100 years and participate in an "I Spy" hunt for clues to discover which parts of the house were restored.

Decatur House, among the oldest homes in Washington, was built in 1818 for naval hero Stephen Decatur and his wife. Prominently situated across from the White House, Decatur House was one of Washington's most distinguished private residences until it was bequeathed to the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 1956.

Reservations are required and can be made by calling 202-842-0920. Admission is $7.50 per child (accompanying adults admitted free). The Decatur House Museum is at 748 Jackson Place N.W., Washington. For more information, visit the museum's Web site at www.decaturhouse.org.

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