Lilac Days 2017 @ Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens

Lilac Days at the Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens runs through Mother’s Day, May 14th, this year.

Each spring, the Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens host Lilac Days to celebrate the beauty of lilacs in bloom. Visitors from around the world stroll through the gardens, buy their favorite lilacs, visit Hulda’s Victorian era home, and shop for special items in the gift shop.

Lilac Sales, the Farmhouse and Gift Shop are only open during Lilac Days. (Open through May 14th)

Gardens are open daily 10:00am – 4:00pm year round. A $3.00 gate fee is payable at the entrance. Children under 12 years old enter free when accompanied by an adult.

Each year, thousands of visitors step back in time to discover the 1880’s Victorian Farmhouse and country gardens that comprise the Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens. The national historic site is located 30 minutes north of Portland, Oregon and 2-1/2 hours south of Seattle, Washington at 115 South Pekin Road, Woodland, Washington 98674

Hulda Klager came to this country from Germany with her family in 1865 when she was two years old. She spoke often of her love for flowers and how as a little girl in Wisconsin she would wander Tulips & Lilacsthrough the woods near her home looking for wildflowers. Her family moved to Woodland, Washington in 1877 when Hulda was 13 years old, where they purchased farmland and built a home.

Years later, even though Hulda was busy with the demands of marriage, home and family, she continued to find time to work with flowers.

‘The Lilac Lady’

In 1905 she began hybridizing lilacs and 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.”

After her death in 1960 at the age of 96, Mr. & Mrs. Van Eaton cared for the estate for a time but sold it after it became too much for them to handle. When the Woodland Federated Garden Club heard it was to be bulldozed to make way for an industrial site, they decided to save it and succeeded in having it declared a state and national historic site.

The members of the Lilac Society put in many hours of hard work hoeing, spraying, weeding and pruning in order to restore the gardens to the condition they enjoyed under Hulda Klager’s care. The house was also restored and turned into a museum to honor The Lilac Lady. Much of Hulda Klager’s own furniture has been returned, along with other pioneer-era treasures from the Woodland area.

Sharing is caring!