Friends of the Arboretum Luncheon-Lecture Series: Local Lore and World Wonders

May 23, 2018

With a wide array of species worldwide and countless hybrids, lilacs offer a plethora of color, form and fragrance. The Longenecker Horticultural Garden’s lilac collection has become one of the UW–Madison Arboretum’s signature plantings, attracting thousands of spring visitors each year. For many Madisonians, Mother’s Day would not be the same without a stroll through the collection. David Stevens, Garden curator, will explore the lilac’s amazing history and biology and some of the fascinating stories behind their development. David received his master’s degree in horticulture from UW–Madison and is the 3rd curator of the collection since its inception in 1935. Prior to coming to the Arboretum, he spent nearly 14 years breeding and selecting native tree species.