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AlpenGlow Lilac Garden

Green Style Catalog

Lilacs appeared early in history and had value beyond their appearance and fragrance: 

Double whites were used as an aid for Egyptian women in childbirth. 

Reed pipes and flutes were made in Turkey, Britain, and Europe by hollowing out the stems. They were called Pipe Trees in the Middle Ages.

Alpenglow Gardens began in 2003 as a gift of 15 plants from Reva Ballreich, a local horticulturist. Reva was a major grower and hybridizer of lilacs in the western United States. Like the Pied Piper, she led visitors through acres of blooming lilacs in her collection of 800 varieties.

  • Circle of Honor Garden
  • Reva Ballreich Garden
  • Dr. Frank Skinner Garden
  • Father John Fiala Garden
  • Victor Lemoine Garden
  • Russian and Polish Gardens

When the coral light of dawn washes over Lily Rock, the granite sentinel that towers over the mountain village of Idyllwild, California, and the lilacs are in bloom, clouds of Syringa vulgarus in every shade of lavender, blue, white, and pink, wafting their intoxicating perfume on the morning breeze – at this very moment you can experience heaven on earth at Alpenglow Lilac Gardens.

Alpenglow is a garden oasis planted solely with lilacs – over 155 cultivars (varieties) are on display during the month of May – located in the alpine arts community of Idyllwild. The gardens are open to the public in April, May, and June, Wednesday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Come stroll through the extensive grounds and talk lilacs with our expert growers. There is no admission charge. Please call ahead before you drive up the Hill to make sure we aren’t closed for a special event. 

We sell over 50 varieties of lilacs in 5-gallon containers. Sorry, mail order is not available at the present time. You can also reserve the gardens for special events – weddings, receptions, tea parties, anniversary parties – by special arrangement. We can host up to 70 guests on the garden patio. An Educational Lilac Tour, with coffee and tea served on the patio surrounded by the lilacs, is the perfect outing for garden clubs. 

We look forward to seeing you when the lilacs are putting on their spectacular show! 

Gary Parton, Owner

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