One of the benefits of this cool and wet spring is that the blooms of many flowering plants are lingering longer than they might in a hot and dry season.  Lucky us, for the lilac collection at Lilacia Park down the tracks in Lombard is currently in glorious full bloom.

If you have never seen acres of lilacs in bloom, you should.  It’s a singular experience, and this historic park has never looked better.  (I should know, I used to work there!).  It is heartening to see how this park and plant collection have improved in this era of declining infrastructure and thin government budgets.  The Lombard Park District should take a bow.

In April, Lombard recently hosted the 2011 ILS Convention, but the lilac collection is doing it’s thing right now.  So why not hop on the Metra and de-train in Lombard, mere steps away from hundreds of varieties of lilacs.  It will be a green jaunt you won’t forget.  Bring your camera!           

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Dave Coulter

I have been a horticulturist for thirty years working in the Chicago area and beyond. I have lived in Oak Park for over thirteen years. My writing has recently appeared in the journal Ecological Restoration...