Where Lilacs Still BloomJane Kirkpatrick
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 p... Read More
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.""
- Product type: Book
- Format: Softcover
- Release Date: Apr 17, 2012
- UPC: 9781400074303
- Height: 1
- Width: 5.6
- Length: 8.3
- Volumes/Discs: 1
- Pages: 371
- Publish Date: Apr 17, 2012
- BISAC: "FIC014000"
- ISBN: 1400074304
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- TRUE STORY OF FAITH AND PERSEVERANCE by Moonpie on 8/10/13
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 ease. All because she wanted to be able to make apple pies faster! After many years she accomplished her goal.
Her next passion was to produce a specific new color of lilac that also had more petals that the standard lilac. Once that was accomplished she continued to work with her favorite flower until she had created 100’s of other varieties.
She achieved this while caring for and raising a family. Her massive flower garden began to attract attention far and wide to the point they had 1000’s of visitors each year. She truly earned her name, the “Lilac Lady”.
While Hulda’s story itself was fascinating I found some very important lessons to be learned from her life. One was her amazing perseverance. Her beloved plants were stomped by animals and a different times flooded by the nearby river. Each time she dealt with the damage and start again. The last time a flood completely destroyed her garden to the point all that was left was some large trees. At the age of 83 she started over. Now that is faith and determination at its greatest!
She also faced opposition from her pastor and others in pursuing her dream. They felt she was “tampering” with God’s creation. Guilt plagued her that she was spending too much time on her flowers and neglecting her family. Each time she faced opposition within or without, she turned to God for her answers.
Her strong faith brought her through many painful losses of those she loved. Again she turned to the Lord for her strength and guidance.
Hulda never wanted to “get rich” and was even resistant to selling her hybrids to companies and individuals. She just wanted to share the flowers she loved so much. Not once even when fame came her way did she grow prideful in her success. She remained humbled and very much in awe at the attention she drew.
I believe she was able to continue on and leave such an amazing legacy because her focus was always on her Lord and the task she believed He had given her.
Hulda died in 1960 at the age of 96. Today you can still visit her gardens that have been restored and maintained. Many of the lilacs she planted are still there. After reading the book I want to purchase a Hulda Klager lilac! An interesting and entertaining book that will inspire you in your faith!
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I received this book free from Waterbrook Press. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own
- Faith blooms in a lilac garden in Jane Kirkpatrick’s ‘Where Lilacs Still Bloom’ by Mary Beth Writes on 3/27/13
Award-winning author Jane Kirkpatrick takes readers for the journey of a lifetime – the lifetime of Hulda Klager, wife, mother, gardener and amateur botanist – in her fictionalized biography “Where Lilacs Still Bloom.” Based on the life of the woman who developed hundreds of new lilac cultivars, the story carries us from 1889 to 1958.
Klager lived in a small town in Washington, between the Lewis and Columbia Rivers. The currents of the rivers provide some of the currents of her life as she seeks to balance the pulls of duty, faith and dreaming of new plant varieties. For Klager, the garden is a metaphor for her spiritual life and the tasks necessary to develop and maintain a strong, productive plant mirror the work of growing as a person.
Within her world, Klager was a little bit of an oddity. Her eighth-grade education shouldn’t have set her on a course as a botanist. The demands of her life shouldn’t have left time for dreaming of new cultivars. The losses she sustained should have made her hard and bitter.
Instead, we find a strong woman who charts a course and follows it. Her faith guides her and sustains her. Her generous heart gives away the fruit of her labors so that Klager lilacs can be found all over the country.
This isn’t a “read it once” kind of a book. Klager’s faith in action will bring you back again and again. The testimony is quiet and subtle, more Mother Teresa than pulpit-pounding preacher. “Where Lilacs Still Bloom” is easy to read, but provides much to consider. It offers a quiet respite for the reader, an oasis of peace in an often un-peaceful world.
Check out “Where Lilacs Still Bloom” by Jane Kirkpatrick. Your heart will be glad you did.
“Where Lilacs Still Bloom” by Jane Kirkpatrick
Published by Waterbrook Press
Disclosure: This review is based on a review copy provided by the publisher with no constraints placed on its content. All opinions are my own.
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