Mackinac island Lilac Facts

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Lilac Season is in full swing this week! It’s definitely one of our favorite weeks of the entire season! 💜 If you are on Mackinac during the week, stop by! We have the best lilac goodies to take home with you - tote bags, tea towels, lilac soaps, lotions and more! We also have really fun events happening in the store - read about them here:

One of the events we are really excited about is the Jenna Kator Trunk Show happening on Saturday, June 15th from 11am - 1pm. Meet Michigan handbag designer, Jenna Kator and be part of a special shopping event. Shop from Jenna's bags, enjoy delightful treats, exclusive discounts and a special gift with purchase.

We wanted to share with you some facts about lilacs that we learned from the book, Lilacs: A Fortnight of Fragrance 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. 

On Mackinac Island, the oldest lilac bush is located at Harbour View Inn and can still be visited today! In Marquette Park alone, you will see 115 lilac plants and 75 species! So if you don’t make far on your adventure, at least head to Marquette Park to see all the beautiful colors and scents! (Read more about Mackinac Lilacs Here:

We love learning more about the beautiful lilacs and the history of them on Mackinac Island. Stop in to pick up the book, Lilacs: A Fortnight of Fragrance on Mackinac Island or you can purchase it here:

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