If you love irises, then a visit to Schreiner’s Iris Gardens will be a great experience for you. Their irises are meticulously maintained and complemented by comfortable grass paths and colorful benches. You’ll feel right at home strolling the grounds and enjoying their beautiful flowers. This place is a must-see in any iris lover’s list.
The business was first established by F.X. Schreiner in 1925. His sons took over the business after his death and searched for a climate that was hospitable to iris. They tested growing conditions throughout the country, shipping plants to various locations to determine the best climate and soil conditions. Eventually, they decided to settle in Oregon’s fertile Willamette Valley, which offered perfect soil and climate conditions, along with easy access to transportation and other amenities.
The Iris Garden is open from May 6 through June 5th. Visitors must buy tickets in advance. You can buy a dozen of fresh Iris stems at the gift shop. There is ample seating and restrooms. If you’re visiting during the busy season, you can even dine at the Mt. Angel Sausage Company food truck. If you visit during these times, make sure you get there early – before the crowds start to show up.
Spring in Oregon is a beautiful time to visit Schreiner’s Iris Gardens. They feature a variety of vibrant colors, so you’re sure to find a color that you love! There are plenty of other colorful flowers to see, as well, including daffodils and berry blossoms. If you’re in the area during May, you won’t want to miss the Keizer Iris Festival. The festival starts at 10:30 a.m. on May 20.
While the prices of the iris plants are high, they are worth the wait. The quality of the rhizomes is also high. Only one in ten has not yet developed a flower stalk after their first growing season. You won’t regret the purchase of these irises, even if you can’t see it for months after you buy it. In fact, the wait will be well worth it.