My blog friend, Adrienne, and I had a long awaited get together this week to do a bit of thrifting and antiquing.
We planned to drive up to my favorite antique store in Camas, Washington
and then browse the antique stores in Kalama, Washington as well.
The Huldah Klager Lilac Gardens are right off of the interstate on the way to Kalama,
so Adrienne suggested we stop there as well.
I'm so glad she did!
It was a feast for the senses for an entrance fee of only two dollars.
What beauty and what wonderful smells with over 14 varieties of lilacs that Huldah Klager propagated herself.
While I could do a whole post of all of the lovely gardens, I thought you'd love to see her beautiful home,
now owned and maintained my the Huldah Klager Lilac Society.
I wanted to move right in to this lovely old farmhouse.
The front parlor.
The sun porch.
The main sitting room.
Huldah ordered the wallpaper from Europe,
and when it came, there was not enough to do what she had planned.
These framed wallpaper sections were her clever, and beautiful, solution.
The kitchen, my favorite room.
A postage stamp quilt, made by Huldah, is used as a table covering for the kitchen table.
Many of the squares are cut from the fabric of old kerchiefs.
How that woman had time to do this type of detailed quilting and maintain a 4 acre homestead and garden,
as well as raise a family, I'll never know!
Huldah's rocking chair, so well loved, that the rockers are worn flat on the bottom.
The kitchen must have been her favorite room too,
as there's a photo of her in the rocking chair in this same spot.
The lovely master bedroom.
A dressing room off the master bedroom.
A child's bedroom.
A little nook at the end of the upstairs hallway.
The gorgeous stairway.
I'm in love with the plank walls!
The outdoor gardens are beyond description.
"Lilac Days" are open annually for the three weeks leading up through Mother's Day.
But the grounds are left open for people to enjoy year round.
If you'd like to learn more about Huldah Klager and her beautiful Lilac Gardens,
author Jane Kirkpatrick wrote a novel about her, Where Lilacs Still Bloom.
Well, it's almost Friday, friends!
Have a HAPPY, HAPPY Friday
a BLESSED weekend!
(and if you live within driving distance of the gardens,
by all means, go!)