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Lilacs Up Close

Lilacs are blooming in the Arboretum throughout the month of May, not only on Lilac Sunday! Join our enthusiastic docents on a 45-minute amble up the hill from the ponds to see the lilacs, enjoy their scents, and hear the stories of the many different lilacs in our collection.

Note that this program starts at the Ponds, which is a 10-minute walk from the main entrance at Arborway Gate. Make sure you give yourself enough time if you’re parking at Arborway! See the map on the right for more details.

Audience: This program is geared towards adults.

Accessibility: This walk will take place on paved roads and includes one long, moderately steep hill.

Inclement weather policy: Participants will be notified via email at least 24 hours in advance if a program needs to be cancelled due to inclement weather, and will be notified by phone if a program must be cancelled with less than 24 hours’ notice. Click here to view our full inclement weather policy. If you have questions about the status of a program, please email or call the Visitor Center desk between 10:00am and 4:00pm at (617) 384-5209.


May 14 2024


1:00 pm - 1:45 pm

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Learn about accessibility at the Arboretum.


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. Enter the Arboretum through Forest Hills Gate on your left. Continue for a tenth of a mile to the intersection. The Ponds will be on your right and ahead.

By bus

Take the #39 bus to the Forest Hills MBTA station. Cross Washington Street and walk up Arborway to the Arboretum’s Forest Hills Gate on your left. Enter the gate and continue for a tenth of a mile to the intersection. The Ponds will be on your right and ahead.

By car

There is public parking on Arborway after Arborway Gate or before Forest Hills Gate, including designated accessible spots. If you are entering through Arborway Gate, walk 10 minutes down Meadow Road to reach the Ponds. If you are entering through Forest Hills Gate, walk three minutes down the road to the intersection and the Ponds will be on your right. Make sure you don't drive past Forest Hills Gate, as it will be a ways before you can turn around and find more parking.