Where Lilacs Still Bloom

One woman, an impossible dream, and the faith it took to see it through.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 atOne woman, an impossible dream, and the faith it took to see it through.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.
Where Lilacs Still Bloom One woman an impossible dream and the faith it took to see it through German immigrant and farm wife Hulda Klager possesses only an eighth grade education and a burning desire to create something be

  • Title: Where Lilacs Still Bloom
  • Author: Jane Kirkpatrick
  • ISBN: 9781400074303
  • Page: 446
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Where Lilacs Still Bloom”

    1. I am a huge Kirkpatrick fan. Her historical research is meticulous, her characters dynamic, her prose is beautifully written. I never want to stop reading and I never want her books to end! Based on the life of Hulda Klager, a woman who loves her gardens, a gardener who is challenged by possibilities through hybridization of lilacs and other plants, Where Lilacs Still Bloom is a "story of triumph over seemingly insurmountable odds and the power of a generous heart."Hulda faces the physical and e [...]

    2. REVIEW OF JANE KIRKPATRICK’S WHERE LILACS STILL BLOOMThe story of how Jane Kirkpatrick came to write of where lilacs bloom is as delightful as her depiction of a life well and beautifully lived. She knew of Hulda Klager but a passionate devotee gradually tweaked Kirkpatrick’s interest until her great research skills and imagination were fully engaged. The result is a charming and insightful characterization of a woman obsessed with ideas of hybridization.The story develops from Hulda’s suc [...]

    3. Jane Kirkpatrick has such a gift of writing a story and making me want to meet and have tea with each and every character. This is a true story which definitely adds to the charm as well as the fact it takes place in the state where I live. I have always enjoyed gardening and love my lilacs and now I cherish them even more.

    4. This book made me want to go on a field trip to Woodland, Wa. Hulda was an inspiring, real-life woman who faced many trials and often wondered if what she was doing in her garden was detracting from her important work as a wife and mother. Although a fictionalized account (only Hulda could have revealed her real feelings) this novel seemed well-researched and was very believable.

    5. Just another great read from Kirkpatrick about Hulda and her life in her garden and the many lives she touched. Very interesting and a wonderful look at family and friends. Lifespan books can be a little sad and this one was no different. I would recommend if you read this book to skip reading the prologue; it was actually a little bit of a spoiler. Wonderful!!

    6. I thoroughly enjoyed this book based on the life of Hulda Klager who was a German immigrant and farm wife who lived between 1864 and 1960. She had only an eighth grade education, but became a pioneer in cross-breeding and hybridization. With the encouragement of her father, she began by creating a crisp, easy peeling apple to make better pies. But her passion was lilacs. By the time she died at the age of 97, she had developed over 250 varieties of lilacs from cross-breeding three surviving Lemo [...]

    7. Saturday, March 24, 2012Where Lilacs Still Bloom by Jane Kirkpatrick, c2012CAN'T YOU JUST SMELL THEM!!!Lilac DaysApril 21 - May 13, 2012;Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens, 115 South Pekin Road, Woodland, WA 98674Lilac Photo from Jane Kirkpatrick's Story Sparks, March, 2012First, before I begin my review, you absolutely must go to Jane Kirkpatrick's Story Sparks, March, 2012, issue and read "Lilac Love" for yourself! Here is a hint of content, for you won't want to miss this event if you are in the area [...]

    8. Ms. Kirkpatrick is one of my favorite historical fiction authors! I love the way she takes true stories and solid historical facts then seamlessly weaves in fictional details. This is based on the true story of Hulda Klager a German immigrant with only an 8th grade education. What she lacked in years of schooling she made up for in her God given genius in horticulture.Her love of plants came from her father. Her first “mission” was to develop a larger apple that tasted great and peeled with [...]

    9. Based on the life of a German immigrant, Hulda Klager, the message of this book is such an important one, and the author evoked emotion in me as I was holding back tears several times in the book. (I would have liked a little more character development in some of the side characters.) I liked that the author tried to show how Hulda influenced people's lives all over, and that it came back to her. I like reading stories about unexpected friendships making profound differences in people's lives. I [...]

    10. Where Lilacs Still Bloom review:3 stars. Cover: 4 stars. Review: "Where Lilacs Still Bloom" is better than most books I have read from Jane Kirkpatrick. I could actually finish this book. But I just didn't "like-like" it. I've never liked fictionalized non-fiction, and most of the characters were boring. And I did not see the point of adding fake people to the story, when most of them had no impact to the outcome of the story. The best thing about this book was the cover. There were a few scenes [...]

    11. It was fun to meet Hulda Klager in Where Lilacs Bloom by Jane Kirkpatrick. In the present days, Jane Kirkpatrick met Betty Carlson Mills, Hulda's granddaughter-in-law and went to Lilac Days in Hulda's garden. She also got several of Hulda's cuttings for her garden. This is where Jane Kirkpatrick got the idea for this book. So this is a book where some facts are known and a story is built around those facts.The story began in 1889. We learned about the hardships and successes that Hulda and her f [...]

    12. What I most liked about this book was learning about all the different varieties and colors of lilacs, one of my favorite flowers. I've never seen a red one and only rarely have I seen pink. Mostly shades of purple or white, sometimes a dark red violet. This is the story of Hulga Klager, a woman who spent much of her life hybridizing the lilacs in her garden, starting with three different bushes she imported from France. Altogether she developed over 250 different varieties! Not only was I amaze [...]

    13. This book is the story of Hulda. Through her love and curiosity for lilacs, she touches all those who become a part of her life. One by one, her human helpers in the garden also grow; many going on to teach Hulda's life lessons to their own young ones. Hulda thinks in much the way my mom thinks. One line struck me the most. After one more river overflow, or one more death, Hulda said, "This is what we do". She forged ahead. And this IS what women still do. I honor this lovely book by adding lila [...]

    14. Great book. Fascinating look at how different flowers were developed. Good story on perseverance as well. Can't wait to go back to Woodland and check it out with new eyes!

    15. This book will make you want to go back into soooo badly the turn of the century - to a small farm and family on the Columbia Rivere house is still there and the lilacs are STILL blooming there.ad trip!

    16. 3.5 stars after the book club discussion. Hulda Klager and her relentless pursuit of her flower/lilac passion inspired me. Hulda's life and her garden provided a perfect springboard for our discussion. I'm lucky enough to live close to her home and garden. I look forward to visiting next spring.A few points from our discussion:- Finding our passion is something we can do at any phase of life. It is never too late to discover or begin or try.- It's the root structure more than anything that depic [...]

    17. I wasn't real thrilled with this book at first. It took me a while to get into it. I think what touched my heart was the discussion we had at book club. I appreciated the different perspectives. We all came from different directions so this book touched each of us differently. Our discussion also brought out some very personal things and I felt uplifted when I left.

    18. I read this book about the real story of Hulda Klager while the large lilac bloom on the corner of our 200 year old house was in full bloom. I became absorbed in her world rather quickly and still carry the inspiration she gave me to work even harder in our gardens. This was a great book!

    19. I appreciated Hulda's character. She was a faithful woman who persevered in pursuing her goals despite the grand trials she faced. She overcame many challenges and she defied all odds when it came to both the gardening community and the feminist community. She remained devoted to her family while fostering her God given gift of gardening and shared that gift and the fruits of her labors with the world. It was touching how the community gave back to her after the love and generosity she shared wi [...]

    20. This is historical fiction based on the real life of Hulda Klager who at the turn of the last century, began breeding and propigating lilacs. Eventually she had created over 250 new varieties. I enjoyed the book and found some deeply profound thoughts in it, but this is the kind of book that moves kind of slow and I struggled to get into it. There are a lot of characters to figure out in the beginning and because I took so long in reading it, that had me a bit confused. But eventually their live [...]

    21. For years, since moving to the NW in 1983, I've wanted to visit Hulda Klager's Lilac Gardens in Woodland, WA. Every year something else has taken precedence over the trip up I-5 in spring.I'm so grateful to Jane Kirkpatrick for at least bringing Hulda and her love of flowers to my family room and reading chair. Once again, Kirkpatrick brings her characters to life not only with her words but visual imagery and heart.Hulda Klager, of German descent as is my husband, shows a stubborn streak which [...]

    22. History is more than rulers, wars, or famous people. History can be found in knowing the past and the origins of the simplest things. These can include flowers. Where did the flowers we take for granted today come from? Where did so many of the versions of lilacs originate? The historical fiction book, Where Lilacs Still Bloom, by Jane Kirkpatrick can help you answer this.So many historical stories can be told through historical fiction where an author takes some liberties in an event or the lif [...]

    23. When I started to read Where Lilacs Still Bloom, I was unsure how much I was going to enjoy it. I usually don't like books that start with an event that will occur very late in the story, but I was pleasantly surprised by how much I actually enjoyed this book.Hulda's passion for plants is not something I share, but it was so well described that I would love to start a very small garden. Hulda had a lot of ideas for plant hybridization, I found myself hoping she would accomplish what she kept [...]

    24. I received my copy of Where Lilacs Still Bloom free from the Vine program, in exchange for writing a review.Based on the cover, I expected this book to be a fluffy historical romance. Happily, I was wrong. This is the somewhat fictionalized story of Hulda Klager, a German immigrant who settled with her husband, Frank, in Woodland, Washington in the 1880s. She only had an 8th grade education, and was a typical woman of her time - raising four children and working on the family farm. Except, she [...]

    25. Where Lilacs Still Bloom: A Novel by Jane Kirkpatrick tells the real life story of Kulda Klager, a German immigrant with only an eighth grade education who created one of the most notable lilac gardens in the country at her own farmhouse in Woodland, Washington in the early 1900′s. Though she endured many personal tragedies, including burying her beloved husband Frank and all of her children, she continued to bless others with the gift of beauty in the form of her precious flowers. At the end [...]

    26. I enjoyed this book.You should read it.I put in a hold request for it in August 2016; finally got it in May 2017😯.

    27. "Where Lilacs Still Bloom: A Novel", by Jane Kirkpatrick, is based on the remarkable true life story of Hulda Klager. A German immigrant and a "farm wife" with only an eighth-grade education, Hulda's natural intellect and intuition, along with a burning curiosity, allowed her to develop hundreds of hybrid fruit and flower varieties, especially lilacs. The book is beautifully written--an inspiring and life-affirming tribute to the courage and spirit of the amazing Hulda Klager. The book begins in [...]

    28. In Washington State, German immigrant Hulda Klager takes her love of flowers, her experience as a farmer's wife, and her limited education to become a bold, adventurous woman when such was absolutely not a normal occurrence. Without the knowledge and consent of her husband (and such was definitely the thing to do at that period of time), she took her observations of variants in hue and shape, texture and size to begin her experiments in the cultivation of bulbs, shrubs, and apple trees. Her succ [...]

    29. One woman, an impossible dream, and the faith it took to see it through. 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. Thro [...]

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