Last year I watched a segment on the local TV station about the Hulda Klager Lilac gardens in Woodland, WA. Unfortunately the show was aired at the end of the Lilac bloom season, so I had to wait a year for the next season. Yesterday I finally went there, and I’m rushing to let you know about it while you can still go there this year. This year the bloom season started on April 18 and will last until May 20th.
The Lilac garden was created by Hulda Klager (1863-1960), a German immigrant with only an 8th grade education, who hybridized lilacs and developed more than 250 varieties. In 1903 while she was recovering from an illness she read a book about the botanist Luther Burbank that inspired her to start propagation at her 4-acre farm. Between 1905-1910 Hulda created 14 new varieties of lilacs and in 1915 she had enough varieties to host her first open house. In 1948 a flood ruined her garden and at the age of 83 Hulda started two years of restoration work.
Today the garden and the Victorian house are owned and maintained by the Hulda Klager Lilac Society. It is open everyday from 10am to 4pm. The entrance fee is $3.00 a person. The garden also includes a lilac plant shop, the sales go to support the garden and the house.
The Lilac Garden is located at 115 South Pekin Road, Woodland, WA. It’s a 2.5-hour drive south from Seattle and 30 minutes drive north from Portland, OR. To get there take exit 21 on HW 5 and follow to signs to the Lilac Garden.