Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens - Woodland, WA
Spring is in full swing in the Pacific Northwest and that means lots of birdsong, crazy weather changes, and oh yeah, flowers. We already wrote about the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, and now it is time for another annual flower event.
If you happen to be in the area within the three weeks leading up to Mother's Day, be sure to visit the Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens in Woodland, WA. About 2.5 hours south of Seattle and 30 minutes north of Portland, Oregon, this is a perfect stop on your way to or from Mount St. Helens. While the gardens are open year-round, Lilac Days are when the lilacs are blooming, and the only time when you can buy lilac plants and tour Hulda Klager's historic home.
Hulda Klager, originally from Germany, started hybridising plants in 1905, and by 1920 she had created so many varieties of lilacs that she started holding an open house every spring to share her love of flowers and show off all the new varieties each year, thus becoming known as "The Lilac Lady".
The house and garden is now a National Historic Site which you can visit each spring to enjoy the sights and scents of this beloved flower. There are over 1000 lilac varieties in the world, and Hulda Klager's garden houses many of them in various shades of purple, pink, blue, white and yellow.
We visited on our way back up to Seattle from Portland, and the weather was starting to get a little dicey, but we managed to enjoy the gardens before the deluge.
The gardens are open from 10am to 4pm, and admission during Lilac Days is $5 per person. Kids 12 and under are free.
Hurry and catch the lilacs before they are gone for the season! The last day of Lilac Days is Mother's Day each year, and you can purchase all of the varieties you see on display in the garden to take home and plant yourself!
Have you been to the Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens? Let us know in the comments!
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