One woman, an impossible dream, and the faith it took to see it through. German immigrant and farm wife Hulda Klager possesses only an eighth-grade education—and a burning desire to create something beautiful. What begins as a hobby to create an easy-peeling apple for her pies becomes Hulda’s driving purpose: a time-consuming interest in plant hybridization that puts her at odds with family and community, as she challenges the early twentieth-century expectations for a simple housewife. Through the years, seasonal floods continually threaten to erase her Woodland, Washington garden and a series of family tragedies cause even Hulda to question her focus. In a time of practicality, can one person’s simple gifts of beauty make a difference? (c.2012)
The "Lilac Lady"
In 1905 Hulda Klager began hybridizing lilacs and by 1910 she had created 14 new varieties. By 1920 she had developed so many new varieties that she decided to hold an open house each spring when the lilacs were in full bloom to share her efforts with other lilac enthusiasts. This practice caused her to become known as “The Lilac Lady.” This is the story of a woman, her garden, and the lilacs that reflected God's Grace!
Visit the Gardens
"The beautiful Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens - A National Historic Site, located in Woodland, WA - is an exquisite example of the turn of the century garden. Many of the Gardens were planted by Hulda or her parents beginning in the late 1880s. An arboretum describes some of the special exotic trees while a typical 19th century Victorian-era Garden graces the front of the Historic Victorian Home. This area contains many rare and unusual trees and shrubs." For more info visit their website: lilacgardens.com