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Visit the Lilacs at Arnold Arboretum

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Dates:Friday, May 7, 2021 - Sunday, May 23, 2021
Ages:Kids, Teens, Adults
In/Outdoor:Indoor, Outdoor
Cost:Free see below
Category:Seasonal Fun
visit the lilacs at arnold arboretum photoEnjoy the lilacs over four weeks of bloom (typically late April through mid-to-late May).

Please note - the t-shirt design contest mentioned in this week's newsletter was in error, and from a prior year. We apologize for the confusion..

The Arboretum invites you to visit during these weeks of peak lilac bloom, but request that you practice social distancing from one another and respect our plants. If the landscape appears to be too crowded for safe visitation, please return another time.

In keeping with CDC and Harvard COVID-19 guidelines for large gatherings, the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University will not hold Lilac Sunday 2021.

Formal events and public programming related to the Arboretum’s celebration of lilacs have been postponed until spring 2022, when the Arnold Arboretum will celebrate its sesquicentennial and 112th observance of Lilac Sunday. Picnics will not be permitted on this or any day.

Guidelines for visiting in 2021

– All buildings and restrooms are closed. By May, there will be limited portable toilets available in the landscape.

– Maintain a distance of at least 6-10 feet from other visitors. Assess the safety of visiting the lilac collection. If crowds at the lilacs do not allow for safe social distancing, visit a different area of the landscape or return at a different time.

– Picnics are NOT allowed.

– Plan to carry in and carry out all of your belongings, including trash and dog waste.
As ever, be kind to our plants. Do not pick or prune plants, do not climb trees, and do not step in planting beds.

– Guidelines for visiting are subject to change per COVID-19 best practices. Please check our website before visiting. Thank you for helping us maintain a safe and restorative environment for the community.

About the Lilac Collection

With 408 lilac plants representing 179 taxa (kinds), the Arboretum holds one of the premier lilac collections in North America. Lilac Sunday has been celebrated at the Arnold Arboretum since 1908.

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