’Lilac Sunday’-The Cultivar

by Matthew Caulkins, Web Applications Program Manager
June 3, 2020

The Lilacs of the Arnold Arboretum: A Season of Bloom

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
May 10, 2020

Remembering Lilacs

by Jonathan Damery, Editor of Arnoldia
May 1, 2020

Lilac Sunday Canceled for 2020

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
April 30, 2020

Lilac Sunday Canceled for 2020

Postcard of Lilac Collection from the Arnold Arboretum

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 […]

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Lilacs, summer, restoration project, 1988

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
July 25, 2019

Lilacs, summer, restoration project, 1988

Lilacs, summer, restoration project, 1988

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 […]

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Syringa vulgaris ‘Krasavitza Mosky’ Arnold Arboretum, 1989

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
May 7, 2019

Syringa vulgaris ‘Krasavitza Mosky’ Arnold Arboretum, 1989

lilacs 1989

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 […]

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Winning design selected for 2019 Lilac Sunday

by Kate Stonefoot, Manager of Visitor Engagement
January 31, 2019

Winning design selected for 2019 Lilac Sunday

2019 Lilac Sunday Winner

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 […]

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A celebration of spring, Lilac Sunday arrives May 13

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
April 20, 2018

A celebration of spring, Lilac Sunday arrives May 13

2018 winning design by Julie Pritchard

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 […]

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A Month (or More) of Lilacs

by Nancy Rose
May 11, 2017

Lilac Path with women in coats and hats standing in the foreground, 1926

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
May 5, 2016

Lilac Path with women in coats and hats standing in the foreground, 1926

Lilacs, spring, Lilac Path, 1926

Lilacs, spring, Lilac Path, 1926 Alternate Title: Lilac Path with women in coats and hats standing in the foreground Photograph by Walter R. Merryman (ca. 1926, American) Lilac Collection, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States 1926 A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s HOLLIS+ catalog. As we prepare to celebrate […]

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