1. The New England Wild Flower Society hosts Trillium Week at Garden in the Woods on May 6-12. Home to New England’s most extensive trillium collection, the Framingham floral paradise will bloom with 21 species of the tri-petal beauties, which take 4-7 years to blossom. Visitors should keep an eye out for the elegant trillium grandiflorum while enjoying guided tours, master workshops on picking and pruning the spring ephemerals and an evening of music and wine to close the festivities.
2. Petal peepers gather at Harvard University’s Arnold Arboretum on May 13 for its Lilac Sunday, showcasing the institution’s 397 lilac plants. The horticultural haven boasts 179 varietals that vary in color, shape, fragrance and origin—all of which hold the distinctive Plant Collections Network accreditation. Although these perennials are in peak bloom for about five weeks, Lilac Sunday is the only time when visitors can picnic on Arboretum grounds and partake in a guided tour
of the collection.
3. Paintings meet petals at the Museum of Fine Art’s Art in Bloom on April 27-29. Stemming from former director of membership Chuck Thomas’ idea to interpret masterpieces with floral designs, the festival features fresh, fragrant arrangements created by New England garden clubs. Now in its 42nd year, the event includes talks and master classes led by British floral designer Joseph Massie—the visionary behind this year’s signature arrangement—and the new Art in Bloom Market, showcasing goods from 12 artisans in the Shapiro Courtyard.