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Lilac Sunday at Arnold Arboretum 2019

Official Website:Lilac Sunday at Arnold Arboretum 2019
Venue:Arnold Arboretum
Location:125 Arborway, Jamaica Plain, MA
Phone:(617) 384-5209
Dates:Sunday, May 12, 2019 - Sunday, May 12, 2019
Hours:10:00m - 3:00pm
Category:Seasonal Fun

Lilac Sunday at Arnold Arboretum 2019Of the thousands of flowering plants in the Arboretum, only one, the lilac, is singled out each year for a daylong celebration.

Mainly located on the edge of Bussey Hill Road in the heart of the landscape, the lilac collection at the Arnold Arboretum is among the premier collections of these plants in North America. Lilac Sunday has been celebrated at the Arnold Arboretum since 1908.

Tours of the lilacs and family activities are available from 10:00am to 3:00pm on Sunday, May 13.

Picnicking is permitted on this day only, but food must be brought in to the Arboretum—no food vendors on site. The landscape is open from dawn until dusk. Print a landscape map here.

Street parking along the Arboretum perimeter is limited. Visitors are advised to take public transportation. No unauthorized vehicles are allowed within the gates on weekends.

Traffic can move through this area, though there are route changes and possibly restrictions.

Street parking along the Arboretum perimeter is limited. Visitors are advised to take public transportation. No unauthorized vehicles are allowed within the gates on weekends.

Some parking spaces outside the gates are 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.

Lilac Collection:
With 397 lilac plants representing 179 taxa (kinds), the Arboretum holds one of the premier lilac collections in North America.

A String Quintet from the Boston Symphony Orchestra will perform in at the hickories by Centre Street Gate at 11:00am and 12:00pm.

This performance is part of Boston Symphony Orchestra’s innovative community engagement program–“BSO In Residence”–in Jamaica Plain.

Launched in October2017, BSOIR introduces a new paradigm for building creative collaborations between an orchestra and its surrounding communities. See landscape map to locate the Hickory Collection near Centre Street Gate.

Become a member:
Join the Friends of the Arnold Arboretum as a new member at the Contributing level ($50) on Lilac Sunday and receive a special lilac plant while supplies last. Look for the membership tent near the lilacs.


2018 winning design by Julie Pritchard

This year’s winning t-shirt design for the Arnold Arboretum’s annual Lilac Sunday event was created by Julie Pritchard, a graphic designer who favors tangible print design.

She has created dozens of brand identities over the years for businesses, non-profits, and fun as the art director of her own studio.

More recently she has begun designing jigsaw puzzles based on New England coastal history and nautical themes, launching her new company Dashing Dan Puzzles.

For Lilac Sunday, Julie’s design celebrates spring renewal and the lilac’s fragrant and fleeting certainty.

At Lilac Sunday 2018, t-shirts will be for sale in the Hunnewell Building Visitor Center and in the landscape near the lilac collection.


125 Arborway, Jamaica Plain, MA map

This beloved Boston tradition celebrates the lilacs as well as many other special collections at their peak at this lovely time of year. Come celebrate spring at the Arnold Arboretum.


Great day at the Arboretum
The morris dancing was great. Seemed like everyone had fun. Was warm when sun came out. Great time for family.

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