by Jane Kirkpatrick
A Partial Synopsis from Jane 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 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.
My thoughts: For the most part, this is a lovely book about daily life in a garden. It's really not very glamorous when you are out there weeding, mulching and watering. Ask any gardener! ;-) The book is based on the life of Hulda Klager, quite an accomplished hybridizer with apples, daffodils and lilacs. The book brings to light her struggles with family and neighbors which she seems to have met with humility and kindness. This little read also showcases her achievements. What a long and remarkable life Hulda led!
I swiped a couple of photos from the Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens website.
You're welcome! ;-) It is located in Woodland, Washington. I would LOVE to see it!
Here's a bit of blogging music for you.
Always Stay Humble and Kind. Tim McGraw.
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