Lilac season has gotten off to a slow start with the currently cool temperatures, but it is edging towards peak bloom. Join “Lilac Jack” Alexander, the Arboretum’s propagator and lilac expert, to visit the three lilac cultivars that he has introduced. We’ll begin his story at one of the Arboretum’s oldest accessions, Syringa reticulata, the common Japanese tree lilac accessioned in 1876, and move on to Syringa ‘Lilac Sunday’, ‘Purple Haze’, and ‘Foxey Lady’. (Yes, he’s a Jimi Hendrix fan.) Meet at Acc. #1111*A, Syringa reticulata, on Bussey Hill Road on Tuesday, May 10 at 5:00pm.
Parking: Park along the Arborway and enter at the Arborway or Forest Hills Gates. Walk to the ponds and head up Bussey Hill Road. If entering at Centre Street Gate, head down Bussey Hill Road.
Public Transportation: Take the T to Forest Hills. Exit the upper level of the station and cross South Street. Turn right on South Street and head uphill, parallel to the exit ramp, to the Forest Hills Gate. Enter the Arboretum via the Forest Hills Gate and walk toward the ponds. Head uphill on Bussey Hill Road (allow 15 minutes). Or take a bus to Faulkner Hospital to enter at Centre Street Gate to head down Bussey Hill Road.