There is a big groundswell to restore Lilac Way, its thousands of lilacs and the two remaining original parks with beehives.

Unofficially, the National Park Service in Washington D.C. and Mn/DOT can document only two ‘beehive’ fireplaces remaining in the United States. One is now in Lilac Park in St. Louis Park. The other is Graeser Park in Robbinsdale. If you know of others, contact Karen.

Here is what the cities are doing now:

St. Louis Park

The City of St. Louis Park and the St. Louis Park Historical Wayside Park/Beehive Restoration Project has completed restoration of one of their 1939 Lilac Way ‘beehive’ fireplace in an original Lilac Way park. Read all about it. The Grand Opening and ribbon cutting ceremony was Monday, July 13, 2009.


Graeser Park, the only other original Lilac Way park, is located in Robbinsdale at the west intersection of County Road 81 and Highway 100. Robbinsdale has recently started to explore the idea of restoring Graeser Park. Get the latest Graeser Park news.

Golden Valley

The city of Golden Valley helped to restore lilacs with their ‘Lilac Planting Event’ on Oct. 4, 2008. Now, can we get them to restore Blazer Park?

Lilac History:
  1. Hybrid lilacs are often called French Lilacs because In 1876, Victor Lemoine created the double hybrid lilac in France

  2. Starting in 1870, Lemoine and his descendants introduced over 200 new lilac cultivars