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Celebrate the Beauty of the Ewing Lilac Arboretum


LilacsDES MOINES, IOWA — May 6, 2019 — The 72-year old City of Des Moines’ Ewing Park Lilac Arboretum is poised to burst into a flood of brilliant color this weekend.  Central Iowans are invited to come smell the fragrance of this beautiful 35-acre display featuring 1,000 lilac bushes showcasing over 300 varieties of everyone’s favorite spring flower.  The Harry Piper Parkway is open going one way only from Indianola Road going west to McKinley Avenue.

In 1937, the former 357-acre Ewing Farm became the city’s largest public park.  The City of Des Moines dedicated and began developing 35 acres of the park to a future lilac garden in 1939 and the arboretum first opened for public enjoyment in 1947.

The lilac display will open May 6, 2019 and will peak over the two weeks.  Ewing Park is located at Indianola Road and Easter Lake Drive. Harry Piper Parkway will be open to vehicles through May 19.  The lilac overlook parking area will be open from 7:00 a.m. until sundown daily.

Benjamin Page

Director, Des Moines Parks and Recreation Department
(515) 237-1386

About Des Moines Parks and Recreation
Founded in 1892, the Parks and Recreation Department’s mission is “Helping Des Moines Live Well, Play Hard and Protect the Earth.”  Our department is responsible for the management of 75 parks, over 4,000 acres of parkland, 81 miles of trails, seven cemeteries and numerous recreation facilities.  In addition, we offer numerous programs in the areas of sports, urban conservation, environment education, sport instruction, volunteerism, rentals and special events.  For more information on Des Moines Parks and Recreation programs or facilities, visit our website (, Facebook (, Twitter (@desmoinesparks) or Instagram (