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Lilac Sunday at the Arboretum
Of the thousands of flowering plants in the Arboretum, only one, the lilac, is singled out each year for a daylong celebration. Tours of the lilacs and other special collections, music, picnicking (allowed on this special day only), and family activities make for a memorable day. Be a part of this beloved Boston tradition.
The Arboretum is open as usual from dawn to dusk; refreshments and activities available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
More About Arnold Arboretum
The Arnold Arboretum was established in 1872. It is the oldest public arboretum in North America and run by Harvard University.
The arboretum is 265 acres of flora and fauna collected from all around the world. It is situated between three Boston neighborhoods: Jamaica Plain, Roslindale and West Roxbury.
A beautiful Boston cityscape is easily seen from atop Peters Hill. Peters Hill is also the spot for dog owners to congregate.
The arboretum offers self-guided tours via personal cellphones as trees are marked with info on how to participate in the tour.
The annual Lilac Festival on Mother's Day weekend draws crowds from all around the world to see the more than 200 lilac bushes that provide heavenly aromas as you walk past them.
Classes of all levels of gardening and learning about plants are offered through the Hunnewell Building. Inside the Hunnewell, there is a scale model of the arboretum as well as a little book store.
The arboretum is also a part of the Emerald Necklace.
It is important to note that you are not allowed to take anything out of the Arnold Arboretum, such as flowers, branches, animals or anything else found in the Arboretum.