The beloved Mother's Day Lilac Sunday is cancelled, and the Arnold Arboretum is telling people to not visit that day. "In keeping with CDC and Harvard COVID-19 guidelines for large gatherings, the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University is canceling Lilac Sunday 2020," said an Arnold Arboretum press release. "All formal activities such as tours, family crafts and science, and performances scheduled for Sunday, May 10 are suspended, and picnics will not be allowed on this or any day." The arboretum will remain open, but people are being encouraged to visit a different day. There will be plenty of time to enjoy the more than 200 lilac plants as lilac season is just beginning and stretches for several weeks, typically through late May.
Help us celebrate your mom (and all of ours!) at Franklin Park and Stone Zoos this Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 13, with free admission for all mothers throughout the day. Bring Mom along with the entire family to either Franklin Park Zoo or Stone Zoo for a memorable day spent discovering all of the incredible animals at each Zoo! Be sure to look for all of the animal moms – at Franklin Park Zoo, say hello to Kiki the western lowland gorilla and her offspring Kimani, Kambiri and Azize, as well as Baird’s tapir mom, Abby and her calf named Ixchel. At Stone Zoo, be sure to stop by the white-cheeked gibbon exhibit to visit mom Iggy and son Jian, as well as the reindeer exhibit to visit mom Holly, and her offspring, Aiofa. Please note: Last entry is a half hour before closing
Eleanor Robinson of Weymouth takes a whiff of one of the sweetest lilacs in the collection. Credit: Richard Heath
It was very close after a cold spring, but the lilacs made it through, blooming and blossoming their very best for the thousands who flocked to the Arnold Arboretum for the 2015 edition of Lilac Sunday. Here's a gallery of photos from the Mother's Day tradition, which is estimated to draw more than 30,000 people.
If you plan to join the thousands of people enjoying Lilac Sunday at the Arnold Arboretum, here's what you need to know. First of all, don't drive. Really. Don't do it. It's good advice every year but it's crucial for Sunday's edition of the event.