Lilacs in bloom at Cliffview Assisted Living

Lilacs are part of U.S. history. According to the Harvard University’s Arnold Arboretum website, Thomas Jefferson discussed how he planted lilacs in his garden book in 1767, and in 1785, George Washington indicated that he had transplanted lilacs in his own garden. Lilacs are an especially long-lived species; some of the oldest existing lilacs in the U.S. were planted around 1750 at the Governor Wentworth estate in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

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