Lilacs: A Fortnight of Fragrance on Mackinac Island

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Lilac Festival on Mackinac Island

Today we had a book signing with the authors of Lilacs: A Fortnight of Fragrance on Mackinac Island. Here are some pictures from the event, plus some fun facts that our staff has learned about lilacs during this year's Lilac Festival. 

Lilac Festival on Mackinac Island

Lilacs belong to the sans family as the olive.

◦ Lilacs are edible.

◦ Lilac bushes can live over 100 years! 

The purple lilacs have the strongest scent compared to other colors 

Lilacs symbolize spring and renewal. They also symbolize confidence, which makes them a traditionally popular gift for graduates 

European colonists frost brought over their beloved lilac bushes to North America in the 1750’s

Lilacs have been a source of inspiration for artists throughout history. Impressionist Vincent Van Gogh and Claude Monet both gave famous works depicting the beauty of lilacs in their paintings 

A lilacs smell can change depending on the season! A lilacs scent can change character based on the years climate. A cool spring and summer will trails a different scent than a hot season. 

It was an honor to host Sue Allen and Jeff Young today! I am so excited about this brand new book about the lilacs on Mackinac Island. The rich history of Mackinac’s lilacs needs to be cherished and this book will help preserve them.

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