Plants - Trees and Shrubs

Natural beauty: May's evocative lilacs

Stephen Westcott-Gratton
Photography by
Andreas Trauttmansdorff

Prepare for the heady scent and lavish blooms of this spring garden staple


Hulda Klager (1863-1960) began hybridizing lilacs in 1910 at her farm in Woodland, Washington, now the Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens. Best among her many releases are the magenta ‘Frank’, named for her husband who died in 1922, and ‘Chrystal’, a vigorous, pure white cultivar.


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