We are fortunate to have so many lovely areas to visit in our region. One of many things that have been on my list to see is the Hulda Klager Lilac farm in Woodland, WA. Hulda and her family moved to the US from Germany in the late 1800's, eventually settling in Woodland. Years later she built her farm on the remaining acreage and began growing lilacs. She eventually hosted a yearly open house to show all her varieties of lilacs and became known as the Lilac Lady. If you're interested in finding out more about the history of her gardens visit this website.
There are quite a few pictures here, so I will be showing the outdoor gardens in this post and I'll share the tour of the Victorian farmhouse and gift shop next time. I believe the farmhouse was built in 1889, and it is surrounded by charming gardens and flowers of all varieties.
We visited in the morning and there weren't as many visitors, so we were able to take a leisurely walk around the grounds. I love how the walkway divides leading to the house and gardens. A little closer look at the farmhouse and its simple, but lovely victorian touches.
I love the tall tulips mixed in with the ground cover.
The beautiful water bearer statue, so peaceful with the sound of running water. She is one of my favorite things in the garden.
I loved the interesting shape of these trees and the colorful flowers.
Every garden should have a whimsical fairy. Love the open space and seating.
A closer view of the whimsical garden fairy eating her pie. More tall tulips, so lovely.
Charming vintage water tower and windmill. The red building is the gift shop.
Some of the varieties of lilacs in the garden and some yellow flowers with spiked petals. Love the colors.
Love these with the white edging. Even though the lilac season is short, their wonderful smell and beauty make it all worthwhile.
This area was kind of hidden away in the corner, notice the huge tree on the left with some unusual growths on its trunk. I wanted some pics of the only white lilacs in the garden along with some bright pink ones.
Soft pink and purple lilacs look so quaint with the vintage looking water fountains in this collage.
They sold lilac bushes and plants in their garden center, but only had a few cut stems and they looked like they had been cut the previous day. I wanted fresh cut stems to create a few vignettes, but I had to take what they had available. I did a little research on lilacs and found fresh cut ones can wilt within a few days, due in part to their woody stems which don't absorb water well.
I tried to revive them, although they didn't perk up as well as I had hoped. I added some to my wall basket and created a simple little vignette in my dining area.
They looked rather weepy, so I added my favorite green scale since I love the color combination of purple and green.
I needed more purple to balance out my vignette, so I added this sweet poem about the gardens that was sold in the gift shop.
The poem was rolled up in a scroll, so I just opened it and added some cardboard backing to it to fill up my shelf. Just a few simple changes are all I need to create my displays.
I kept the lilacs several days, even after they wilted because I love their fragrance.
Since the lilac season is short, only a few weeks or so, a variety of lilacs are chosen based on when they bloom, early, mid and late bloomers. I learned quite a bit about lilacs just visiting the farm and their fragrance is addictive! These had already reached their peak.
Some of the pink ones like these, are late bloomers and I love the pink shades. My hubby seemed to enjoy the gardens as much as I did. It was so relaxing to visit this beautiful, charming place on a lovely spring morning. The man on the right was so comfortable he decided to take a snooze on the bench. I'll be sharing a tour of the Victorian farmhouse next time.
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