International Lilac Society
We highly recommend membership in the International Lilac Society. Society members are more than willing to share their knowledge and plants with everyone from lilac enthusiasts to professional nurserymen. In addition to the standard benefits, the greatest rewards from membership come from contact with other members. Syringa Plus offers a 5% discount to current ILS members on all of our Lilacs.
International Lilac Register
The “International Cultivar Registration Authority (ICRA) for the GenusSyringa L. (Oleaceae)” is written by Registrar Freek Vrugtman. The book, published and distributed by the Royal Botanical Gardens, contains complete, up-to-date information on lilac cultivars and their names. It is highly recommended that any Lilac enthusiast purchase the Register. For more information, visit the website of the International Lilac Registrar. To order a copy, e-mail the International Lilac Registrar.
The Arnold Arboretum:
The Arnold Arboretum, located in Boston, Massachusetts, includes a lilac collection of over 500 plants of approximately 230 different species and cultivars. Each May, they hold their Lilac Sunday, an event celebrating 130 years of lilac cultivation at the Arnold Arboretum.
The Holden Arboretum:
The Holden Arboretum has about 3,500 acres with 800 acres under cultivation. The lilac collection is situated in the Display Garden and also at a remote site accessible by permission. There are about 300 different Syringa cultivars at Holden. The Display Garden features lilacs that bloom in early May (depending upon the weather). More information about the lilacs can be obtained from Holden’s website.
Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens:
A National Historic Site, located in Woodland, Washington. Their goal is not only to preserve the Lilac heritage developed by Hulda, but to maintain the gardens for visitors to experience the tranquility of a pioneer Victorian farm and garden. “The Lilac Lady,” whose Lilac hybridization work has given us many superior Lilacs, should forever be remembered.
The McLaughlin Garden:
The McLaughlin Foundation, a non-profit corporation, was founded in 1996 to preserve the home and garden of the late Bernard McLaughlin, a long-standing member of the International Lilac Society. The Garden, located in South Paris, Maine, includes a large lilac collection and is being maintained open and free to the public seven days a week during the growing season.
The Centennial Lilac Garden, located in Niagara Falls, Ontario, was founded in 1967 in commemoration of Canada’s Centennial Year. The ten acre collection contains over 1,200 plants of over 200 different cultivars of lilacs.
Highland Park in Rochester, NY is home to the Rochester Lilac Festival, a century-old event celebrated by more than a half-million people annually. Highland Park, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, also includes over 500 cultivars of lilacs.
Royal Botanical Gardens:
The Katie Osborne Lilac Dell at Canada’s Royal Botanical Gardens is home to approximately 800 different kinds of lilacs– one of the largest lilac collections in the world. RBG is also the home of the International Cultivar Registration Authority for lilacs.
A private Botanical Park encouraging horticultural and environmental education,open by appointment. Located in Emmett Township within Michigan’s beautiful Thumb area.
The Wentworth-Coolidge Commission works to help the State preserve, improve, and promote the Wentworth-Coolidge Mansion and State Historic Site. The tireless efforts of this group of volunteers appointed by the Governor of New Hampshire ensure that this Portsmouth treasure will be enjoyed for generations to come.
New Hampshire Governors Lilac Commssion:
Established by Governor John H. Sununu in 1984, the goal of the Governor’s Lilac and Wildflower Commission is to promote extensive planting, propogation and care of lilacs and wildflowers throughout New Hampshire.
Vinette Varvaro’s breathtaking images are not photographs. They are created with a unique light transfer process that captures every detail down to the last dew drop.
Through volunteer effort the Katie Bentley Lilac Project has become a popular way for individuals, institutions, schools, and municipalities to promote the love of lilacs in America.
Blithewold Mansion, Gardens, & Arboretum:
Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum, located in Bristol, Rhode Island, is a beautifully landscaped historic public garden overlooking Bristol Harbor. The estate features a forty-five room mansion, more than 1500 trees, a 10 acre lawn, flowers, gardens, and nearly 300 varieties of native and exotic woody plants. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for Seniors and students, and free for children.
Tower Hill Botanic Garden:
Tower Hill Botanic Garden, headquarters of the Worcester County Horticultural Society, is located on 132 acres in Boylston, Massachusetts and was established in 1986. You’ll find extensive information about Tower Hill’s history, gardens, features, programs and events on this website.Syringa Plus offers a 10% discount to current Tower Hill Botanic Garden members on all of our Lilacs.
Tatiana Poliakova has a list of lilac related interests, expertise and public service titles, a few are metioned below:
- Has initiated the ‘Moscow is the capital of the lilac’ and ‘The lilac-an official flower symbol of Moscow’ projects and works as a consultant for the Moscow city government on these projects
- Author or more than 50 articles (1/2 about lilacs) that are published in federal newspapers and popular magazines
- Author and co-auther of 2 books about lilacs
- Chairman of the Exhibition Committee of the lilac section of the ‘Floriculturists of Moscow’ club
- “The Golden Pen” 2007 prize winner
- Has about 100 lilac cultivars in her private collection
- Presently serving as ILS regional VP for Russia and the rest of Asia
Visit her blog for some wonderful information and photos of lilacs!