Among the most incongruous facts of the coronavirus era is that spring pushes forward with or without us. Our ways of life have been scrambled into unimaginable forms. Yet daffodils (Narcissus) and early blooming shrubs did not notice. Forsythia popped up like yellow raincoats on a swampy day—over in this yard, along that path—brilliant but […]
Annual spring event will not be held to promote safe social distancing on Mother’s Day In keeping with CDC and Harvard COVID-19 guidelines for large gatherings, the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University is canceling Lilac Sunday 2020. All formal activities such as tours, family crafts and science, and performances scheduled for Sunday, May 10 […]
Lilacs, summer, restoration project, 1988 Alternate Title: Lilacs (Syringa) beside Bussey Hill Road in the second year of the lilac restoration project Photograph by István Racz, Hungarian August 1988 A larger version of this image is available in HOLLIS Images. On May 25, 1908, when the Boston Daily Globe published the headline “LILAC SUNDAY AT […]
Syringa vulgaris ‘Krasavitza Mosky’ Arnold Arboretum, 1989 Photograph by István Racz and Zsolt Debreczy (n.d.), Hungary Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States May 25, 1989 As we prepare to celebrate Lilac Sunday at the Arnold Arboretum on Sunday, May 12, 2019, we are happy to feature classic and contemporary images of our Lilac Collection […]
The Arboretum is pleased to announce that Sara Castellucci of Roslindale, MA, is the 2019 Lilac Sunday logo winner! Sara’s design will be featured on Lilac Sunday T-shirts, signage, and promotional materials, and becomes a part of the Arboretum’s annual celebration and rich history. Competition was stiff. The quantity of submissions was impressive and the […]
Lilac Sunday celebrates 110 years in Boston with events from 10am–3pm Pack a picnic…it’s Lilac Sunday! For 110 years, families have made the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University a premier destination to welcome the arrival of the flowering season in Boston. The annual observance of Lilac Sunday—this year celebrated on Sunday, May 13—centers on the […]
A glimpse at the Arnold Arboretum’s most-anticipated event of the year, Lilac Sunday, by the numbers. The annual celebration of lilacs and spring is set for Mother’s Day, May 14. Read more in the Boston Globe.