The Lombard Garden has been selling lilacs to our community and surrounding areas for more than half a century. This year we offer 19 cultivars ranging in color from the purest white, to blues, purples, magentas and pinks. At maturity they will reach heights of the dwarf 4 – 5 ‘ to the magnificent tree that grows to 18’ tall with a 20’ spread.
Lombard & Lilacs
Lilacs welcome spring with a burst of beauty and fragrance. A walk through Lilacia Park in May is an invigorating experience. There are early, mid and late season bloomers that extend the season in to June. During Lilac Time visitors can take guided tours from the Lombard Historical Society and learn more about the collection and the park.
Lilacs go back to 1911 in Lombard when Col. William R. Plum and his wife,Helen, brought two of them to his home here from the Lemoine Nurseries in Nancy, France. Helen. He quickly became enthusiastic about them and greatly expanded his garden of lilacs.
Upon Col. Plum’s death in 1927 his land along with its extensive collection of lilacs was donated to the people of Lombard to be used as a public park. The Lombard Park District Board hired noted landscape architect Jens Jensen to design the park to showcase the plants. Soon afterwards the village held its first Lilac Festival in 1929.
Not to be missed! Park District Plant Sale
Be sure to stop by the Park District’s plant sale next to the Lilac Sale in Lilacia Park. They have a large selection of perennials, mangaves, large and small succulents and foliage baskets at very reasonable prices. Hours are on Thursday, May 5 are 1 – 7 PM and Friday, May 6 are 8 AM to 5 PM
Curbside Pickup of Your Order
When you purchase your lilacs online you will be asked to schedule a pickup time on May 5, 6, 7.
The location is on the north side of Lilacia Park in Lombard next to the train tracks (see map) just east of the Park District administration building at 227 W. Parkside.