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Arnold Arboretum

Celebrate Lilac Sunday 2014 on May 11

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Lilac Sunday at the Arnold Arboretum

April 11, 2014

See full schedule of events for Lilac Sunday 2014.

For more than a century, the arrival of spring in Boston has been affectionately linked with the peak blooming time of the world-renowned Lilac Collection at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University. On May 11 from 10am to 3pm, the Arboretum invites flower lovers of all ages to absorb the wonderful sights and scents of the season at the 106th annual celebration of Lilac Sunday.

A premier horticultural event in New England, Lilac Sunday showcases Boston’s unique learning landscape in flower and offers fun, outdoor explorations for the entire family. Festivities include ongoing tours of the Arboretum’s lilacs and other key collections, children’s activities, displays, and demonstrations. A consortium of a dozen food vendors organized by Food Truck Festivals of New England will be on site offering a wide variety of menu options from 11am to 3pm, and picnicking is allowed at the Arboretum on this special day only.

The tradition of Lilac Sunday began more than a century ago as a celebration of the Arboretum’s beloved lilacs on Bussey Hill, a one of a kind collection of nearly 370 plants representing 176 different kinds of lilacs. As in recent years, Lilac Sunday falls on Mother’s Day in 2014, making the occasion even more special and memorable to visitors. Closest entrances to access the lilacs and event activities are the Arborway Gate (125 Arborway, Boston, MA 02130), Forest Hills Gate, Centre Street Gate, and South Street Gate. Parking is limited to perimeter streets, and use of public transportation is strongly encouraged.

Lilac resources:
Lilac Sunday 2014 Press Release [pdf]
Plants of history, plants of tomorrow
How to plant and care for lilacs
Best lilacs for New England gardens
Would a lilac by any other name smell so sweet? A search for fragrance


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