One wonderful reason to visit Woodstock in the spring is the chance to see the village’s thousands of lilac trees in full bloom. But hurry! No plant better captures the evanescence of a hard-earned New England spring than the lilac.
A member of the olive family, lilacs are popularly grown in temperate areas from southeastern Europe to eastern Asia (though we can’t help feeling a proprietary affection for our local beauties). While the most common hue is the light purple from which the popular name is derived, blossoms can be found in white, pink, pale yellow, deep purple, dark burgundy, and variegated varieties. The flowers are appealing for their luxuriant shape and saturated colors, but it’s the heady fragrance perfuming our little village for a week or two that makes lilacs the quintessential harbinger of springtime in Vermont.