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Don’t Miss Boston’s Arboretum in Spring: Flower Heaven!

The Arboretum in Boston is famous for its lilacs.
The Arboretum in Boston is famous for its lilacs.

No visit to Boston in our glorious springtime is complete without strolling through the Arnold Arboretum. This sprawling, lush park was established in 1872, and is owned by Harvard University. Just hop off the Orange Line train at the Forest Hills “T” stop, and you’re there!

Skip along with me, now, as we ogle the rainbow colors of May in the Arboretum: the arguable crown jewel of Boston’s Emerald Necklace park system.

The tree looks like it has a frilly pink ballet tutu!
The tree looks like it has a frilly pink ballet tutu!
This flower is smiling at you.
This flower is smiling at you.
Delicate purple hats...
Delicate purple hats…
I love how the flowers look with the sun shining through their thin, translucent petals. It's like stained glass windows!
Sun through flowers and leaves… it’s like stained glass window!
This delicate little flower-ette wishes you a good afternoon.
This delicate little flower-ette wishes you a good afternoon.
Flower cone.
Flower cone.
Double flower cone.
Double flower cone.
Coral and white colored bursts in the tree glades.
Coral and white colored bursts in the tree glades.
Flowers hugging the branches.
The flowers grow right out of the bark of this tree!
"Why, hello there!" says this flower, cheerfully.
“Why, hello there!” says this flower, cheerfully.
Explosions of pink flowers beneath each tree.
Explosions of pink flowers beneath each tree.
These lilacs are in the shape of Australia.
These lilacs are in the shape of Australia.

2020 Update: Though we’ve been told to stay home (juggling parenting and working) and not see Lilac Sunday in person for Mother’s Day, I hope these photos can bring you a taste of it from the comfort of your own couch!

These flowers are singing with wide open mouths in chorus.
Flowers, singing with wide open mouths in chorus.
A meeting of the colors.
A meeting of the colors.
Baby pink buds.
Baby pink buds.
A tidal wave of pink flowers, rushing towards that couple!
A tidal wave of pink flowers, rushing towards that couple!
Don't you want to bop someone on the head with that flower cudgel?
Don’t you want to bop someone on the head with that flower cudgel?
Glorious sunshine on petals!
Glorious sunshine on petals!

Gorgeous, eh? So which of these blooms would you most yearn to take home?

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