Waman takining photos of lilacs in lilac garden

Lilac Weekend and
Plein-Air Invitational

Saturday, May 4, 2019 – Sunday, May 5, 2019

11 a.m.–4 p.m.

Experience Nature’s Love Letter to Spring

With its floral clusters, sweet fragrance, and heart-shaped leaves, the lilac is nature’s love letter to spring. The Burn Family Lilac Collection takes the spotlight as we celebrate this American garden favorite in all of its glorious forms, colors, and aromas with plein-air painting, music, guided tours, and talks.

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Learn to sketch in the field or how to create your own plein-air drawing with Adult Education Classes.

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Photo of a plein-air painter

About the Burn Family Lilac Collection

Lilac lovers have flocked to The New York Botanical Garden to see and smell these charming flowers since 1896. The 2016 expansion of this historic Collection showcases antique specimens as well as new disease-resistant lilacs, tall tree lilacs and dwarf lilacs, and flowers that smell sweet and others that are spicy.

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Young woman walking on path with pink lilacs

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