Spring has always meant the scent of lilacs blooming to me.
If you love that scent like I do, a visit to Hulda Klager’s beautiful and
intoxicatingly fragrant garden in Woodland Washington is a real treat. Jane
Kirkpatrick excels at telling the stories of women who have contributed to
history, women who might be forgotten. Where the Lilacs Still Bloom
should spark new interest in Hulda
Klager, it is fascinating to read about this passionate gardener who
contributed so much. She created a slew of gorgeous, fragrant new lilac
cultivars at a time women were not expected to have interests outside
homemaking. She also lived through major events including the VanPort flood
that wiped out a city and covered Woodland in water. Hulda faced many
challenges but stayed true to her passion for creating beauty. Her gardens survive today, a showcase for a
woman’s dedication to the creation of new cultivars of Lilac with big,
lustrous, beautiful blooms, rich color, and heady fragrance. This is the story of a strong
woman, the people she touched, and a history of the Pacific Northwest.
One woman, an impossible dream, and the faith it took to see it through, inspired by the life of Hulda Klager
German immigrant and farm wife Hulda Klager possesses only an eighth-grade education—and a burning desire to create something beautiful. What begins as a hobby to create an easy-peeling apple for her pies becomes Hulda’s driving purpose: a time-consuming interest in plant hybridization that puts her at odds with family and community, as she challenges the early twentieth-century expectations for a simple housewife.
Through the years, seasonal floods continually threaten to erase her Woodland, Washington garden and a series of family tragedies cause even Hulda to question her focus. In a time of practicality, can one person’s simple gifts of beauty make a difference?
Based on the life of Hulda Klager, Where Lilacs Still Bloom is a story of triumph over an impossible dream and the power of a generous heart.
“Beauty matters… it does. God gave us flowers for a reason. Flowers remind us to put away fear, to stop our rushing and running and worrying about this and that, and for a moment, have a piece of paradise right here on earth.”
About the Author
Jane Kirkpatrick is a New York Times bestselling author of more than 30 books, including The Daughter’s Walk and Where Lilacs Still Bloom. A lively speaker, Kirkpatrick is a frequent keynote presenter for conferences, women's retreats,fund-raisers and workshops. Jane believes that our lives are the stories that others read first and she encourages groups to discover the power of their own stories to divinely heal and transform. She lives with her husband Jerry in Central Oregon.