Join us in celebration of our 96th year! This year the theme of our catalog centers around our home state of Oregon. Inside our 32-page print catalog, you will find stunning images of the breathtaking locations around our beautiful state, as well as dozens of eye-popping colorful iris. The names of our 2021 iris introductions, of course, take their inspiration from all things Oregon…. from the dramatic coastline on the western edge, to the wide open high dessert of the east, and everything in between.
Visitors to our Display Gardens during Bloom Season in May
From the foothills of the Coast Range in the west to the lowlands of the Cascade Range in the east, color washes across the Willamette Valley in waves of color from early to late spring.
On our farm, acres of Bearded Iris open in a rainbow show beginning early to mid-March, with the colors continuing through late May to early June. Patch by patch, the Dwarf varieties to the grand Tall Beardeds, take their turn opening blooms in a dizzying array of color combinations.
Our 10-acre Display Garden, located here on our farm since 1947 (Schreiner family history), is dedicated to the display of Tall Bearded Iris. Nearly 500 named varieties are planted among spring-blooming perennials for a well-rounded display of form, texture, and COLOR!
“Everything that slows us down and forces patience, everything that sets us back into the slow cycles of nature, is a help. Gardening is an instrument of grace.” – May Sarton
Tall Bearded Iris “Oh So Yummy” Blooms in May
Ralph Waldo Emerson said when he went into his garden with a spade to dig a bed, he felt such exhilaration and health, that he felt he’d been defrauding himself all the time in letting others do for him what he should have done with his own hands.
We need places of reverie and reflection. It feels good to put work aside, relax and enjoy the garden. To just relax on a bench and quietly gaze upon the landscape. The cares of the world quietly slip away.
Idly strolling among the Iris, unexpected delights endlessly appear. Captivating juxtapositions of color are seemingly on parade. Deep purple against a glowing orange, an icy white contrasting beautifully with a lavender Iris, then a brilliant gold, the darkest black, a sky blue…On it goes. Countless new colors and combinations. As Emma Townsend wrote, “Irises are the glamour pusses in the world of floral loveliness.” Time spent in an atmosphere of beauty is restorative.
The Schreiner Family
Tall Bearded Iris “Sky and Sun” blooms in May
P.S. Please consider a trip to Schreiner’s Gardens at bloom time. Our 10-acre display of over 500 Iris cultivars, planted among a dizzying array of mature perennials, welcomes local and international visitors each May. Call our office or visit our website for more Bloom Season details.
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!
Schreiner’s Way c1950s
Please share your stories via the form below, then click the “Submit” button. Thank you for sharing!
Bloom Season has at last arrived! Our 10-acre display garden has really taken off with the sunshine and warm weather our area has experienced this week. If you live locally (anywhere in the Pacific Northwest really), be sure to plan a visit to our Display Gardens during the month of May.
Kicking off Iris bloom season excitement is our Fresh Cut Iris Bouquets delivery. We package one dozen cut stems of tight buds and ship them via overnight delivery. We offer this for a few short weeks only. If you order through May 7th, we can guarantee delivery by May 9th, just in time for Mother’s Day!
Friday, May 9th we officially open our gift shop, plant sale and flower show. We’ll toast the occasion with a tasting from Elixir Liqueur, from Noon to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday, May 10th and 11th, we’ll keep the toast going with wine tasting from Methven Family Vineyards from Noon to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 11th, Mother’s Day, we offer a free cut Iris stem to all mothers 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Last minute gift shopping happily accommodated in our Gift Shop, offering unique and lovely Iris-themed gifts and home decor and more.
May 17th & 18th, wine tasting with Tartan Cellars
May 24th, 24th, and 26th, 2nd Annual Artist Fair 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
May 26th, Memorial Day, Chicken BBQ (11:30 to 4:30) and Live Jazz (1:00 to 5:00 p.m.)