Lilac Heritage Tours
May 6 - May 20 (Tuesdays - Sundays): Tour historic Lilacia Park to discover beautiful lilacs, tulips, Colonel Plum's legacy, and the festivities through history. Purchase tour tickets at the Carriage House (the brown building behind the Victorian Cottage at 23 W Maple). Tickets are $4/person. Call us at 630-629-1885 for more info.
Tours are Tuesdays - Sundays at 1pm except where noted below. No Monday tours.
Special tour times:
- Saturday, May 6: 2pm only
- Sunday, May 14 (Mother's Day): 11am only
Hungry? Enjoy lunch in downtown Lombard before or after your Lilac tour. Babcock's Grove House, Bricks Pizza, Lom Lings, Marquette Kitchen and Tap, Punky's Pub, and Shannon's Deli are all within a few blocks of the park.
Thursday, May 11, 11am at Babcock's Grove House. $25 includes lunch and a presentation on historic Lilac Time. Tickets are required and limited.
Lombard - the Lilac Village
In the early 1900s, Lombard philanthropist William R. Plum and his wife Helen toured Europe and fell in love with lilacs. They purchased two lilac bushes in France and brought them back to their home at Park and Maple in Lombard.
Over the following twenty years, the Plums traveled the world and increased their lilac collection to over 200 varieties. Upon his death in 1927, Plum gave his property to the Village to be used as the first public park - Lilacia Park - and his home to be used as the first public library. This generous act of philanthropy permanently established the Lombard Park District, the Helen M. Plum Memorial Library, and Lombard as “The Lilac Village”.
Renowned landscape architect Jens Jensen designed Lilacia Park. He moved Colonel Plum's hundreds of lilac bushes from their original rigid rows into a more natural placement around the park. Jensen added green space for gatherings, flagstone paths and benches, and thousands of tulips to create a beautiful park for the community.
Lilac Time celebrations began in 1930 to officially open Lilacia Park. Early festivities included grand pageants/plays with several hundred participants.
To learn more about Colonel Plum's legacy and Lilac Time, take a Heritage Tour of Lilacia Park during Lombard's Lilac Time in May.
Lilac Time Souvenirs
Purchase souvenirs at the Carriage House. Available year-round.
- 1930s posters by Lombard artist Charles Medin
- Lombard's Lilac Time books
- Purple scarves and socks
- Parade blankets with lilac photo
- Wooden ornaments