Every spring, the Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens hosts Lilac Days to celebrate the beauty blooms and legacy of a plant pioneer. The annual event takes place for 23 days on a quaint historic farm just off of I-5 in Woodland, Washington.
Hulda Klager, known as the Lilac Lady, began hybridizing lilacs on her property in 1905 and created 14 new varieties of lilacs in just five years. By 1920, Hulda had developed so many new varieties that she began inviting the public to her property each spring when the lilacs were in full bloom. This tradition lives on with the annual Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens’ Lilac Days.
During Lilac Days, you’ll see lilacs in lavender, blue, magenta, white, purple, pink and even bicolor in the country gardens. Many of the lilacs on the property were planted by Hulda herself. The gardens also feature many other beautiful springtime blooms like rhododendrons, camellias and tulips.
If you fall in love with a particular lilac bloom, you can recreate the beauty in your own yard. Lilac plants are for sale during Lilac Days.
Visiting the gardens is like stepping back in time. Along with all the beauty of the springtime flowers, the 7-acre property features Hulda’s original restored 1880 Victorian farmhouse, woodshed and water tower. The original carriage house is now a gift shop, offering souvenirs and craft items from local artists.
The 2022 Lilac Days event is taking place April 16 through May 8 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. This is a great Mother’s Day activity or day trip with your loved ones. Pack a lunch and take in the beauty from a picnic table or blanket on the lawn.
The cost of admission for Hulda Kruger Lilac Gardens’ Lilac Days is $5 per person and can be purchased at the gate. Children 12 years old and under get free admission with a paying adult. Hulda’s home and gift shop will be closed during the 2022 Lilac Days event.
Hulda Kruger Lilac Gardens is located at 115 South Pekin Road, Woodland in Washington. This is 30 miles north of Portland just off of I-5. For more information, visit the gardens’ website.