The antique 2007 Lilac Way web site is finally a thing of the past. The new site has a new purpose—to be a repository of all things Lilac Way and raise awareness, funding and support to restore Graeser Park in the same way that Lilac Park has been restored.
Lilac Way fireplaces were nicknamed ‘beehives’ because they look like skeps—baskets placed open-end-down—used to house bees for more than 2,000 years.
Life got in the way. I started that Campaign in 2006, while caring for elderly parents. In 2008, dad died. Then the recession hit, nearly wiping out this single, self-employed gal.
How can lilacs teach us about our environment? They’re telling us that our climate is changing. Phenologists consider lilacs to be a crucial tool in tracking the Earth’s warming. Phenology is the science of measuring our climate with repeating biological events, such as the blooming of lilacs.
When Lilac Way’s restored Lilac Park had a grand opening in St. Louis Park, MN in 2009, it included new information signage. When I designed that signage through Laukkonen Design, it featured WPA-era graphics and short blocks of info that told the story of Lilac Way and the park’s restoration.