This coming Sunday, May 10, is Lilac Sunday at the Arboretum in Jamaica Plain. It’s a free event, outdoors of course.

We’re eagerly awaiting this day, which the kids and I enjoyed with friends last year. Not only will a wide variety of lilacs be blooming around the park, but they’ll have Morris dancing, food vendors, and tours of the flowers.

Not that any of that is necessary to enjoy the magic of the Arboretum’s lilac collection. One of the advantages of homeschooling is the opportunity to dodge crowds and go to special events on weekdays while everyone else is in school. You might just want to pick a sunny day this week, or next, and head over.

Whenever you go, I suggest bringing a picnic and planning to spend a good chunk of the day there. It’s a big place to walk around and there are many, many flowers to stop and smell.