|Ah lilacs – is there anything sweeter? When the lilacs bloom I know that summer is finally on its way. Last week I visited the Hulda Klager Lilac gardens in Woodland, Washington. Hulda Klager moved to the Northwest in the late 1800’s. While she was recovering from an illness in 1903, she read a book by Luther Burbank, a renowned hybridizer at the time. After reading his book, she begin her own experiments with hybridizing plants — especially apples. Her interest in apples apparently came from a desire to save time making pies, she felt it took too long to peel all those little apples! And who could blame her. So she set out to develop a plumper apple and was thrilled with the tasty results. In 1905 she began hybridizing lilacs. By 1920 she had developed so many new varieties that she decided to hold an open house each spring to share with the community and was from then on was known as “The Lilac Lady”. And now you can visit her lilac gardens too! When the woodland Garden club learned that the house and gardens were to be bulldozed for a new development they stepped in. Through much work it is now a national historic site. The lovely gardens and sweet victorian home are open to the public, so go see it for yourself!