Every year, in May, the Lilac Festival is held here in Rochester. Hyland Park is covered with all different kinds of lilac trees that you can wander through and lose yourself in. It's one of my favorite things about Rochester.
From their website I found out that there are "1,200 lilac bushes that [display] a floral rainbow of more than 500 varieties, from deepest purple to purest white, from lightly scented to irresistibly aromatic. They cover 22 of Highland Park's 155 acres." Rochester is even recognized as developing some of the varieties that are transported around the world! Who knew in my little neck of the woods?!!
I think this variety is my favorite! I love the pale bluish-purple color...
Each tree is planted in someone's memory and has a little plaque attached...
I love the white ones so much too!
and the purple ones!
and the pink ones! There really are too many to choose a favorite...lol!
The festival can be quite overwhelming with all the people...but it is lots of fun with good food (Our favorite is the sugared almonds! And this year I enjoyed a Grilled Chicken Caesar Panini for lunch! Delicious!) and talented vendors showing off their arts and crafts. Josh and I purchased a children's book from a local author...he signed it for my little sister Destiney's b-day in June...and had designed some plush animals to coordinate with the story...so we had to get one of those too!
They offer horse drawn carriage rides through the park...for which the horses get a special "hair do"...lol!
There are also several other blooming trees and flowers around at the same time...so there really is beauty everywhere!
It's always sad to me that the lilacs only bloom for about 2-3 weeks...but as soon as they are gone...I long for their return the next year! If you ever plan a trip to Rochester...do it in May...so you can stop by and smell the lilacs! I posted a lot more photos on Flickr if you haven't seen enough here...lol! And here is the link to the website to learn more: http://www.lilacfestival.com/