L is for Lilac Sunday at the Arnold Aroboretum on Sunday, May 12, 2013. Lilacs are the only plant at the Arboretum that gets its own Day. Not only will there be music and dancing, family activities and vendors, Lilac Sunday is the only day that picknicking is allowed at the Arnold Arboetum. I have attended and it is a fabulous event. The Arboretum, as usual will be open from 10 am to 4 pm. It is best to take public transportation because there is no partking within the Arboretum Gates. Of course, the lilacs bloom before and after Lilac Sunday, so you have many opportunities to enjoy the beautiful blooms and fragrance.
There are more than 380 lilac plants of 176 different kinds in the Arboretum’s collection. These include 136 cultivars that have been selected for certain horticultural merits such as flower size and color. In my own collection I have Miss Ellen Willmot, a white, and Beauty of Moscow with its fat pink buds that open white. I don’t know why I can’t find any good lilac pictures in my files. I will have to make a special effort this spring.
I have bought a couple of my lilacs at Fox Hill Lilac Nursery where you can get a good idea of how many lilacs are longing to be in your garden. Lilacs take little care, will have a long life and give you beauty and that famous fragrance.
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