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Schreiner’s Iris Gardens Closing In On 100

“Tillamook Bay” (Schreiner, ’21)

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.

Below is just a sample of the many new iris we’ve introduced for 2021.


(Clockwise from upper left: “Agate Beach“, “Along the Lines” (dwarf iris), “Brooklyn” (dwarf iris), “Starlight Parade“, “Jawbone Flats“, “Devil’s Punchbowl“)

Request a copy of our free 2021 print catalog on our website or by phone at 800-525-5367.

~ The Schreiner Family



Quite Personal: An Iris Lover’s Dream Fulfilled

FXSchreinerMarch 15, 1928, St. Paul Minnesota

“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.

Robert, Bernard (couldn't stay still for the photo), and Connie in St. Paul MN Garden

Robert, Bernard (couldn’t stay still for the photo), and Connie Schreiner in their father’s St. Paul MN Garden

Connie, Bernard (on sled) and Robert Schreiner in snowy St. Paul, MN early 1920s

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.”

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Dwarf Iris bloom early Spring, Schreiner’s Iris Gardens

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.


Schreiner’s Gardens Toast to Irish Heritage

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Dwarf Iris bloom early Spring

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?

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Gus & Patricia Schreiner

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!

Schreiner Family|Patricia Schreiner

Patricia (Dion) Schreiner


Schreiner’s Iris Gardens Celebrating 90 Years

Schreiner's Iris Gardens|History

Bernard, Connie and Robert Schreiner

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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Schreiner’s Way c1950s

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~ The Schreiner Family


June Has Busted, June Has Burst! Quench Your Tall Bearded Iris Thirst!

The summer solstice, a most propitious date — brings the promise of long, heady days of summer, reaping the success in our gardens and in all aspects of our lives. June 21st also heralds the start of our 2014 Summer Sale. You’ll find over 350 varieties of Tall Bearded Iris at deeply discounted prices. Pictured on the cover of our summer sale catalog below is a special bonus for your summer sale order. “Swept Off My Feet”, one of our 2014 introductions, is the 2014 Summer Sale bonus. Use coupon code SSC2014 to get yours. (*Limit one per customer; minimum $25 order of plants.)

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Iris | Iris FertilizerWhat’s happening in the June garden? Depending on your location, you may have a handful of lingering Iris blossoms, or all of your bloom stalks might be sporting the papery remains of the seasons’ blooms. When all blossoms on the stalks have finished, carefully trim the bloom stalk at its base. Leave all green foliage in place. They offer an elegant vertical visual throughout the garden. You may remove any browned and dry leaves, though. Keep the Iris beds clean and free of weeds. Well-established Iris plants are drought tolerant. Newly planted Iris, though, do require a good long drink approximately every 7 to 10 days if the weather is very dry. Reblooming Iris also prefer irrigation between the spring bloom and summer/autumn re-bloom times. We recommend an application of a low-nitrogen fertilizer (such as 6-10-10) approximately one month after blooms have finished. Superphosphate and bonemeal also work well as a fertilizer for Iris.


Iris Delivered, Iris in Bloom, Iris Go Well with a Jazzy Tune

Memorial Day Jazz|Schreiner's Iris GardensBloom 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.

Artist Fair|Schreiner's Iris GardensMay 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.)SteveSingsMemDay2012-web

May 31 & June 1, wine tasting with Tartan Cellars

Visit our bloom season events pages for all the details, or call our office if you have questions.Memorial Day Celebration|Schreiner's Gardens