Sunday, May 13, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm – Lilac Sunday

FREE! Join lilac enthusiasts from all over New England to celebrate a beloved Boston tradition on Sunday, May 13, from 10 – 4. This year Lilac Sunday is on Mother’s Day—what better way to celebrate Moms! Delight your senses with a hillside of heavenly fragrances and dazzling colors. There will be tours, live outdoor music, art, children’s activities, and food vendors (picnicking is allowed on this special day only). 2012 Lilac Sunday T-shirts and other and other merchandise will be for sale.

On Lilac Sunday, the Arboretum is open as usual from dawn to dusk, with special activities from 10:00am until 4:00pm (full program schedule coming online soon) at

Parking is limited, so use of public transportation is strongly encouraged.


Tours of the Lilac Collection: (every hour)

Tours from the Visitor Center to the Lilacs: (every 30 minutes)

Tours of Special Collections: (various times) Explorers Garden, Leventritt Shrub & Vine Garden, Bradley Rosaceous Collection, and more

Family Activities: (various times): Build-a-flower, Mother’s Day cards, Coloring & drawing, Science station

Performances (various times): Delta Swingers trio featuring Erin Harpe, The J-Way String Quartet, Lloyd Thayer, and more.

Food vendors: Clover Fast Food, Slush King, Lefty’s Silver Cart, Cupcakory, and more.

Displays: Library display, information about the Aboretum’s programs, science research, and more!

Free lilac plant if you join the Friends of the Arnold Arboretum on Lilac Sunday!

The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University is the oldest public arboretum in North America, and one of the world’s leading centers for the study of plants. A unique blend of beloved public landscape and respected research institution, the Arnold Arboretum provides and supports world-class science research, horticulture, and education programs that foster the understanding, appreciation and preservation of trees.