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Ewing Park Lilac Arboretum

5300 Indianola Ave, Des Moines, IA 50320, USA
| +1 515-237-1386
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Sniff a whiff of the lilacs Des Moines Iowa United States

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Sun - Sat 8am - 9pm

Sniff a whiff of the lilacs

They say the human nose can distinguish only seven different scents at the same time.

I used to believe that until I visited Ewing Park, where more than 1,400 lilac bushes bloom every April. There are 120-some varieties, each with its own distinct smell. And while I doubt my nose could whiff all of the differences, I’m pretty sure I could get more than seven – and probably more if I wore a blindfold.

The best time for sniff-sampling is in the early evening, just when the day’s heat begins to cool.