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Lilacia Park, Lombard

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Lilacia Park, an 8.5-acre (3.4 ha) garden, is located at 150 South Park Avenue, Lombard, Illinois, behind the Helen M. Plum Memorial Library. It specializes in lilacs and tulips. It is open to the public daily.

The garden was established by Colonel William Plum and his wife, Helen, who visited the lilac gardens of famous breeder Victor Lemoine (1823-1911), in Nancy, France. They returned with two cuttings (Mme. Casimir Perier, a double white, and Michel Buchner, a double light purple), which formed the basis of today's collection. After the Colonel's death in 1927 the grounds were left to the city as a public park.
The park now features more than 200 varieties of lilacs and 50 varieties of tulips, as well as a greenhouse, historical building, picnic areas, and drinking fountains.

Each year in May when Lilacs and other flowers are in full bloom, there is a "Lilac Time". This celebration includes visiting Lilacia Park to view all the blooming plants, the Lilac Parade down the Lombard Main Street, and the Lilac Princess Program contest.
The park was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2019.

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  • I love this park, but as other people have said, I can't see why dogs on a leash aren't welcome here. That's my only 'negative'. Otherwise it's a lovely park and I would definitely recommend it!  more »
  • Lilacs are typically in full bloom in the first 2 weeks of May, right around Mother’s Day. Friends knew of our fondness for this particular flowering shrub told us to check out Lilacia in Lombard...  more »
  • This is a gorgeous well kept park with mainly lilacs and tulips blooming in the springtime as well as flowering trees. Very peaceful and tranquil place to take a stroll. Plenty of benches and walking paths, sometimes seems like you are walking into a secluded secret garden.
  • This is a very cute little park with neat places for photos and picnics. It just small and you're not supposed to have pets in there. I had been taking my dog there for months before I noticed the no pets sign. No one ever said anything so it hasn't been a problem.
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