Another beautiful place close to home. Strange how I can travel hundreds of miles from home to see places and miss what’s almost in my back yard. Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens is a National Historic Site in Woodland Washington. How have I missed it?
Last week Kris, daughter, Linda, friend, and I rectified this oversight. What a beautiful place. There are four acre’s of landscaped grounds with hundreds of lilac bushes and trees. We were to late to see the lilacs in bloom but the rhodie’s were gorgeous. We all vowed that an earlier trip is on our agenda for next year. I got two lilac’s but I want a deep triple purple so I really need to go back earlier in the year.
You can tour the home and it’s a step back in time that brought memories of my Nana’s house. In one of the rooms there’s a quilt that Hulda Klager made. Her bedroom furniture, which she painted, is still in her room.
The farm house was built by Hulda’s parents in 1889 and later was the home of Hulda and her husband. She lived there until her death in 1960 at the age of 96. Hulda’s life is a testament to the words, “age is only a number”. In 1948 the Columbia river flooded, (there are pictures in the house). It took out her lilac gardens and almost everything except the big tree’s. Hulda was 83 and rebuilt her gardens.
The website at http://www.lilacgardens.com/about/history tells the history of the gardens and the amazing woman who created them.
Kristi bought the book, “Where Lilacs Still Bloom.” I asked her how she liked it and she said it makes you want to get out in the yard.