Sequestered with a Book

April 23, 2010

Statue at the Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens

“The love of learning,
the sequestered nooks,
and all the sweet serenity of books.”
     — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“The lilac scent, the bushes, and the dark
     green, heart-shaped leaves,
Wood violets, the little delicate pale
     blossoms called innocence . . .”
     — Walt Whitman, “Warble for Lilac-Time”

My husband and I just returned from a weekend in Portland.  On the drive down on Friday, we stopped at the Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens in Woodland, Washington (about 20 miles from the border of Oregon) and met up with my sister, her husband, my niece and her two children.  None of us had ever visited the lilac gardens before.  It was a perfect time to visit, with many varieties of lilacs in full bloom.  The fragrance was heavenly. 

The gardens were not very large, but they hold about 150 varieties of lilacs.  I’m not sure I would make a special trip from Seattle just to visit the lilac gardens, but if you were planning a visit to the Portland area, it would definitely be worthwhile to stop in to see them.

Bouquet of mixed lilac blooms greets visitors at the Hulda Klager farmhouse

White bench amidst the blooming lilacs, Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens

Purple lilacs

White lilacs

Multi-colored lilac

Smelling the fragrant lilac blossoms