Nov 7th Program:
MGF Monthly Educational Meeting
CASEE Center, Bldg B, Rm 202/205,
11104 NE 149th St, Brush Prairie WA
Behind the Scenes at the Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens
with Ruth Wendt, Hulda Klager Lilac Society
Each year, thousands of visitors step back in time to discover the 1880’s Victorian farmhouse and country gardens that comprise the Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens. Hulda Klager began hybridizing lilacs in 1905 and by 1920, had developed so many new varieties that she decided to open her gardens each spring when the lilacs were in full bloom to share her efforts with other lilac enthusiasts. That practice is carried on today by the Hulda Klager Lilac Society, a nonprofit volunteer organization, that continues to grow and nurture the lilacs in the gardens.
Ruth Wendt, a member of the Hulda Klager Lilac Society and a volunteer at the gardens for 25 years, will discuss not only how volunteers take care of this remarkable site, but will also share information about lilac care and some of the more recent research on lilacs. Although Ruth never met Hulda Klager, she feels as if she knows her through her garden.
Ruth Wendt has been a member of the Hulda Klager Lilac Society and a volunteer at the gardens for 25 years.