Lilacs return to Lombard for annual celebration
LOMBARD – Lombard residents are gearing up to paint the town purple as the village’s annual two-week celebration of Lilac Time kicks off Saturday and culminates with the Lilac Parade on May 19.
“It’s just a great time of year,” said Keith Giagnorio, who was sworn in as village president Thursday. “Just walking through Lilacia Park, [the Lombard Park District] does a great job with it. That park is unbelievable this time of year. I can’t get enough of it.”
Lombard took its first steps toward becoming the Lilac Village when Col. William Plum and his wife, Helen, brought Lombard’s first two lilac bushes from France in 1911. The couple developed a fondness for lilacs and eventually grew their collection to more than 200 varieties of French, German and Asian lilacs.
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