Think spring. Visit us in May.
Wishing you and yours good health and good cheer for the holidays and beyond!
~The Schreiner Family
“I have styled this an ‘Iris Lover’s Catalog’ because it is the outcome of a compelling enthusiasm for this flower of mysterious charm.” Thus Franz Xavier Schreiner opened the introduction to his very first price list from his then three-year old Iris nursery located at his St. Paul, Minnesota home. Our grandfather, F. X. Schreiner, began in earnest in 1925 to grow a quality selection of the best Bearded Iris cultivars of the day. Between 1925 and 1927 F. X. set about to creating a classification system, that ultimately formed the basis of the arrangement for his 1928 Price List.
From the early days of the American Iris Society, F. X. Schreiner worked with the board to establish a more workable color classification and rating system for Iris. In his 1928 Price List, F. X. explained, “once we have our Iris arranged in such [color] groups, it is clear we can more intelligently appraise their value, because we compare each one to all similar ones of its own group, and consider all competing members rather than consider it as an isolated example out of the whole field…We arrive at its relative value among others of its color group.” He continues, “after thirty-six years of city business with its incessant competitive strife I find myself on the way towards realizing one of life’s visions, — working in Nature’s beauty garden. After three years of preliminary work, I feel safe in offering the world this beginning of a working plan that will make it more interesting and less vexatious to follow this inspiring avocation or hobby.”
F. X. shared his love for Iris and plants with his three children, Robert, Connie and Bernard (Gus). In 1931, after F.X.’s untimely passing, these three would carry forth their father’s dream “– working in Nature’s beauty garden” and establishing a sound Iris nursery.
In the decades following the establishment of this elemental foundation of Iris classification, the Iris world has blossomed with the myriad cultivars we enjoy today. As Robert Schreiner wrote in the January 1970 issue of the Bulletin of the AIS, from the years 1920 to 1925, “many new breeders came to the fore. Iris history was being made. The founding of the American Iris Society in 1920 became the pivotal point for information. A gardener in Maine or California, Georgia or Washington State, could hear or read about the experiences of other iris personalities and learn of new varieties. Without the invaluable function of the iris society in handling registration of iris names [and a classification of the cultivars], chaos would have become the rule.”
This early April morning in 2015, Salem, Oregon, we survey our fields and Display Garden and wonder at the sight of Dwarf Iris blooming among tulips and daffodils, Intermediate Iris already sending up bloom stalks, Tall Bearded Iris foliage, thick and strong, awaiting the fullness of bloom. We send a silent prayer to our grandfather, thanking him for the work he achieved to lay the foundation of Schreiner’s Iris Gardens. And we thank the countless breeders and enthusiasts who have helped to make the Iris world what it is today.
Click here to view the complete 1928 Schreiner Price List.
~ The Schreiner Family
P.S. Curious about the American Iris Society and the upcoming Annual AIS Convention in Portland, Oregon? Click here.
March brings renewed anticipation for gardening, and for living. Iris leaves shoot up. And, lo, is that a twinkle in the eye amidst the Shamrocks?
This St. Patrick’s Day, we celebrate our Irish heritage. Our mother, Patricia (Dion) Schreiner, traced her maternal lineage back to the Ryan family of the County of Limerick. Her witticisms and love of laughter, in her relaxed, easy manner, remain with us to this day.
May your heart be light and happy,
May your smile be big and wide,
And may your pockets always have
a coin or two inside!
Happy St. Paddy’s Day to you all!
Join us in celebration of our golden anniversary all throughout 2015! Grandfather F.X. Schreiner began his small commercial Iris business in 1925 in St. Paul, MN. His three children, Bernard, Connie, and Robert, moved the business to Salem, Oregon in the 1940s and opened up the Display Gardens to the public in the 1950s.
Do you or someone you know have memories of visiting, working for, or doing business with Schreiner’s Iris Gardens over the past 90 years? Historic or recent, we’d love to read your stories. Many thanks in advance for sharing your memories with us!
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~ The Schreiner Family
Schreiner’s Iris Gardens is excited to announce that Seedling TT1024-C has a new name! Congratulations to Joan F. from Erie, Pennsylvania for her winning entry, “Let’s Fly”! Joan said the name came to her when she looked at the petals of the blossom which reminded her of wings. She thought to herself, “Hey, let’s fly away!” Joan will receive a $25 gift certificate to Schreiner’s Iris Gardens, as well as one rhizome of “Let’s Fly” next summer. Congratulations Joan!
Thank you to all who participated in our Annual Iris Naming Contest. We received over 1100 entries! Suggested names ranged from the fanciful to the spiritual, from the humorous to the personal. It’s no easy task to pick just one from so many great suggestions.
Ray Schreiner and crew are working on new seedlings for 2016 and beyond. Join us again next year for our Annual Iris Naming contest!
Stay tuned for the announcement of Schreiner’s Iris Gardens’ 2015 New Introductions. We’ll present our new Iris on our website starting in 2015, which incidentally is our 90th anniversary!