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 Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
May 11, 2017

A Month (or More) of Lilacs

Japanese tree lilac flowers

Visit the Arboretum almost any day from late April through early June and you’ll find a lilac (Syringa) in bloom. With about 400 individual specimens representing more than 160 taxa, and with almost all known Syringa species present, the Arboretum’s lilac collection is one of the most comprehensive around. Our earliest blooming lilacs [pdf] are […]

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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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Enjoy Lilac Sunday on May 10

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
April 9, 2015

It’s lilac time again!

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
April 22, 2014