World-renowned lilac collection reaches full bloom at this garden near Toronto (PHOTOS)

May 24 2018, 6:45 pm

Known for their beautiful colours and heavenly fragrance, seeing lilacs in peak bloom needs to be at the top of every flower enthusiasts bucket list.

And it just so happens that lilac season is officially underway at the Royal Botanical Gardens (RBG) in Burlington and it’s truly a sight to see.

If you haven’t had your spring flower fix yet, drive just under an hour west of the city and you’ll discover one of the largest and most magnificent and diverse collections of lilacs in the world in peak bloom.

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The RBG’s Lilac Dell exhibit features over 800 species and cultivars of common lilacs.

According to RBG, French hybrids form the basis of the collection, but also displayed are Preston hybrids (originated in Canada by Isabella Preston), early-bloomers, such as hyacinth lilacs, and a selection of species found in the wild.

While at the garden, visitors can also view The Katie Osborne Lilac Collection, which is “one of the most assorted and one of the definitive collections to demonstrate the range of the genus Syringa,” reads a release from the RBG.

This popular seasonal attraction provides visitors with weeks of beautiful colours and fragrance, as peak bloom time for lilacs generally lasts two to four weeks.

During lilac season, weekend visitors can learn about the various lilac colours, and enjoy guided tours through the garden as they hear about the collection’s history.

For those who visit the garden this weekend, on Saturday, May 26, RBG will be hosting a Biodiversity Festival, a day of exploration and hands-on fun with local animals, plants, and ecosystems.

Biodiversity Festival

When: Saturday, May 26
Time: 10 am to 8 pm
Where: 16 Old Guelph Road, Hamilton
Price: $18 for adults, $15 for Youth/Seniors