Pacific Northwest

May, 2012
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Lilac Days at Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens
If you like lilacs, you'll want to tour the beautiful gardens and the historic 1880's Victorian farm house of lilac hybridizer Hulda Klager. During Lilac Days 2012, the Farm Home will feature a display of vintage hats and accessories. Lilac Days runs April 21, through Mothers' Day May 13; 10am to 4pm daily. There is a $2 entrance fee; children under 12 are free. Lilac plants will be available for purchase. The gift shop features many lilac inspired items. The grounds are wheelchair friendly but the historic home does not have wheelchair access. Garden location: 115 South Pekin Rd, Woodland, WA (I-5 Exit 21). Parking is free. For more information, contact Catherine at 360-606-7359 or check their website ( for "What is Blooming".

Favorite or New Plant

The nasturtium (Tropaeolum majus) is a favorite annual because it thrives on neglect. It grows best in lean, dry soil and blooms profusely in part shade or morning sun. 'Alaska', with its round, variegated green and white leaves, is the most dependable variety in my garden. The yellow, orange, red, and mahogany flowers rise above clumps of trailing leaves. The 6- to 12-inch high plants are showy in masses or tucked in around perennials, grasses, and shrubs.

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