Of the thousands of flowering plants in the Arboretum, only one, the lilac, is singled out each year for a daylong celebration. With more than 380 lilac plants of 176 kinds, the Arboretum holds one of the premier lilac collections in North America.
Save the date: Sunday, May 11, 2014
Tours of the lilacs and other special collections, live music, family activities, food vendors, and picnicking (on this special day only) make for a memorable day. Be a part of this beloved Boston tradition!
On Lilac Sunday, the Arboretum is open as usual from dawn to dusk. Refreshments and activities are available from 10:00am to 4:00pm. View the 2013 day-of schedule [pdf].
Street parking along the Arboretum perimeter is limited and visitors are advised to take public transportation. No unauthorized vehicles will be allowed within the gates during Lilac Sunday. Some parking spaces outside the gates will be designated for special-needs visitors. A limited number of wheelchairs are available on a first-come, first-served basis at information tents in three locations: in front of the Hunnewell Visitor Center, inside the Forest Hills Gate, and inside the Centre Street Gate. They may not be reserved in advance.
Read a related article, Splendid Acres, from the Harvard Gazette.