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Bunches of lilac flowers ranging from pale pink to magenta

Lilac Sunday

Experience the springtime bloom of our renowned lilac collection with Lilac Sunday, offering fun, free explorations for the entire family. The event features ongoing tours of the Arboretum’s lilacs and other plant collections, as well as guided meditations, art, family activities, and picnicking on this day only. Visitors may also enjoy a host of self-guided tours, including a lilac tour, via the Arboretum website and its Expeditions app.

More information is available on our Lilac Sunday page.

Audience: This event is appropriate for all ages.

Transportation: Please plan to get to the Arboretum by foot, bike, or public transport. Parking is extremely limited on Lilac Sunday and we cannot guarantee all visitors a parking spot.

Accessibility: The lilacs are reachable by paved road and there will be wheelchairs available to borrow at major gates. The lilac collection itself is located on a moderate hill.

Inclement weather policy: Lilac Sunday will happen rain or shine, unless the forecast calls for extreme weather that would make travel to and within the Arboretum unsafe. Registrants will be informed 24 hours in advance if the event needs to be cancelled due to extreme weather.

Registration: Registration is not required but helps us with planning.

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Date

May 12 2024

Time

10:00 am - 3:00 pm

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Lilac Collection
8V2H+PC Boston, MA
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Lilac Collection

By subway

Take the MBTA Orange Line to its southern end—Forest Hills. Exit through the door marked “Arnold Arboretum.” Cross Washington Street and walk up Arborway to the Arboretum’s Forest Hills Gate on your left. Enter the gate and walk straight up the road, passing through the intersection. The lilacs will be on your left.

By bus

Take the #35 or #38 bus to Centre Street @ Faulkner Hospital. Cross Centre Street, walk north up Centre Street for a few minutes, and enter through the Centre Street Gate on the right. Take a left and walk down Bussey Hill Road about a minute until you encounter the lilacs on your right.

By car

We do not recommend driving to Lilac Sunday as parking will be extremely limited.