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Feb. 10

Have you ever wondered why old houses are built so well? Or why they cost so much to renovate? At Wilton, leading preservationist Matthew Webster presents a lecture titled "Researching, Re-developing and Implementing Historic Trades into Preservation." Bring a bagged lunch if you'd like. 12:30 p.m. $5; members are free. Reservations required. 282-5936, ext. 2.

Feb. 14

Voulez-vous? The Tea House at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden will serve a French-inspired dinner on Valentine's Day. Warm up after dinner with a steamy stroll through the Conservatory. Reservations required. 262-9887,

ext. 329.

Feb. 17

Take a guided tour at Maymont's below-stairs exhibit "In Service and Beyond: Domestic Work and Life in a Gilded Age Mansion." 11 a.m. $7 per person/$5 for members. Reservations required. 358-7166, ext. 329.

Feb. 21

See the flowers at their freshest. Preview the four-day Maymont Flower and Garden Show at this exclusive party, which includes heavy hors d'oeuvres and beverages. Tickets are $75 and proceeds benefit Maymont. 6:30-9:30 p.m. 358-7166, ext. 310. HS

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