Join us for a virtual tour of the national collection of lilacs held by the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University. To keep the public safe as the coronavirus continues to make social distancing a necessity, the Arnold Arboretum canceled Lilac Sunday 2020, originally scheduled for Sunday May 10. Because we are asking the public to come another time to enjoy our renowned collection, we hope sharing this video exploration of our plants coming into bloom on Bussey Hill will help you celebrate Lilac Sunday and Mother’s Day at home.

The lilacs will bloom as usual over the course of several weeks, and will peak later this year due to colder weather conditions this spring. You may visit during these weeks of peak lilac bloom, but please observe safe visiting guidelines including social distancing, wearing facial coverings, and returning at another time if the landscape appears to be too crowded for safe visitation.

From “free” to “friend”…

Established in 1911 as the Bulletin of Popular Information, Arnoldia has long been a definitive forum for conversations about temperate woody plants and their landscapes. In 2022, we rolled out a new vision for the magazine as a vigorous forum for tales of plant exploration, behind-the-scenes glimpses of botanical research, and deep dives into the history of gardens, landscapes, and science. The new Arnoldia includes poetry, visual art, and literary essays, following the human imagination wherever it entangles with trees.

It takes resources to gather and nurture these new voices, and we depend on the support of our member-subscribers to make it possible. But membership means more: by becoming a member of the Arnold Arboretum, you help to keep our collection vibrant and our research and educational mission active. Through the pages of Arnoldia, you can take part in the life of this free-to-all landscape whether you live next door or an ocean away.

For more tree-entangled art, science, and writing, subscribe to Arnoldia by becoming a member of the Arnold Arboretum.