Lilac Collection and Blackman Garden

The Hueg Lilac (Syringa sp.) Collection is the Arboretum's oldest collection.  It was designed by Lee Snyder, Leon Snyder's son, and planted almost before the land was purchased.  The collection contains several different types of lilacs and their cultivars, including common, French hybrids, Chinese, Preston, Peking, and Japanese.  There are 26 species, 123 cultivars and a total of 179 specimens.

At the top of the hill is the Anne Blackman Garden and lilac information kiosk.  The kiosk gives information on lilac types and cultivation.

Lilacs do well in Minnesota but many get mildew by summer's end and can be unsightly.  They can always be justified, however, by their fragrant and beautifully spectacular blooms in May and June.

Prairie Yard & Garden is a top-rated horticulture program produced by the University of Minnesota, Morris in cooperation with Pioneer Public Television, and hosted by Larry Zilliox. In this episode, Peter Moe, the Arboretum's operations director, introduces many varieties of lilacs.

Part 1                                                                                 

Part 2

Gardens & Collections

Display and Specialty Gardens
Annual Garden
Dahlia Trial Garden
Daylily and Chrysanthemum Walk
Dwarf Conifer Collection and 
Waterfall Garden

Entrance Garden 
Fern Walk
Hedge Collection
Home Demonstration Gardens
Hosta Glade
Iris Garden
Japanese Garden
Lilac Collection and 
Blackman Garden
Lily and Dahlia Collection
Maze Garden
Ornamental Grass Collection
Peony Walk
Perennial Garden
Rain Gardens
Rose Gardens
Sensory Garden
Shade Tree Exhibit
Terrace Garden
Woodland-Azalea Garden

Visitor Center
Dahlberg Welcoming Terrace
Keating Terrace
Newton Dining Terrace
Sweatt Entry Terrace
Wall Teaching Garden
Wright Terrace Gardens
Wildflower Garden
Garden for Wildlife

Native Areas
The Prairie
Spring Peeper Meadow
The Bog Area

Azalea Collection
Bailey Shrub Walk
Hydrangea Collection
Lilac Collection
Miscellaneous Shrub Collection
Pea Shrub Collection
Potentilla Collection
Rhododendron Garden
Spirea Collection
Viburnum Collection
Weigela Collection

Arborvitae Collection
Ash Collection
Birch Collection
Buckeye Collection
Corktree Collection
Crabapple Collection
Elm Collection
Hawthorn Collection
Larch Collection
Linden Collection
Locust Collection
Magnolia Collection
Maple Collection
Nut Collection
Oak Collection
Pine Collection
Poplar Collection
Prunus Collection
Small Tree Collection
Serviceberry Collection
Spruce Collection
Weeping Tree Collection
Willow Collection