Lilac Days draws a crowd in Woodland

first_imgHulda Klager came to the U.S. from Germany in 1865. The family moved to the Woodland farm in 1877 when she was 13. Apples were a key crop.By 1905, she was working with lilacs. By 1910, she had 14 new varieties. After 10 years, she hosted an open house during the spring bloom.Virtually all of her work was destroyed by the great flood of 1948. At the age of 83, she began restoring the garden, and within two years she was able to resume her open house.She died in 1960. The house and grounds are maintained by the Hulda Klager Lilac Society.Ruth Wendt of the Hulda Klager Lilac Society recommends:Moskvy, a pink-budded variety with a double white bloom.Frank Klager, a dark purple.Lavender Lady.Paul Thirion, a magenta double bloom.WOODLAND — They came from as far away as Seattle and Oklahoma on Sunday to see gorgeous blooming lilacs in a vintage setting under sunny skies.Lilac Days are here again on the homestead of Hulda Klager, the original lilac lady.More than 1,700 people visited the 4-acre home and gardens over the weekend.“We are doing well with sales,” said Karen Ward, chair of the garden. She’s been working seven hours a day every day for the past six weeks with other volunteers to get the garden just so. And is it appreciated?“They (visitors) love it,” she said of the garden and Victorian farmhouse stocked with antiques and vintage hats. “Lots of people haven’t been here before. They’re just amazed at how beautiful it is.”last_img