Of 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 other special collections, family activities, and picnicking (on this special day only), make for a memorable day. Be a part of this beloved Boston tradition!
The Arboretum is open as usual from dawn to dusk. Event activities are available from 10:00am to 3:00pm. Please note food trucks will not be on site this year for Lilac Sunday..