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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

The Iris Festival

In the Skagit Valley north of Seattle, several large tulip growers have created the Tulip Festival, which is an opportunity for visitors to see the flowers in bloom and then hopefully place their orders for bulbs. I posted about that event earlier. 

In the Willamette Valley there are many specialty nurseries.  One such is the Schreiner Family, growers if irises.  They have created the Iris Festival.  That's where we went Memorial Day afternoon.

My sister Laurie has been here before, of course, having lived in the valley much longer that I did.  She has fond memories of this being one of the last places she took our mother.

We loved all of the companions plantings, like peonies, alliums, lupine, and especially columbine.

 A green oasis around the private residence.  I can't resist peaking in.

 How would you ever select just one or two?

 There were some artists in action.  This is Peggy Moje'.

 These photos were all taken in the display gardens.  There are also growing fields.

Now how's that for some color? 
And there's more to come.


  1. Beautiful. I have iris growing in my garden and they are in bloom now. I like that the mice and the deer leave them alone so I can enjoy them.

  2. I think iris flowers are some of the most exotic that exist. What a wonderful panoply of colors and beauty, Linda. Thank you! I've wanted to do this for a couple of years and now I'm fired up again. Wow! :-0

  3. Wow! What a place to be able to paint in... Beautiful

  4. You spend some prime time with flowers. Awesome photos.

  5. just amazing all the different colors! wow...

  6. Those are beyond beautiful! I love iris and have a collection, but it pales in comparison to this garden. I couldn't be trusted to go there if they are selling iris, because I could never leave without one of everything!

  7. I've heard that Schreiner's Iris Festival is fabulous! Thanks for sharing your photos. Some day I would love to go.

  8. It is amazing to me how many colors of iris there are. For some strange reason, I don't like iris. I see the new colors that we never saw in our younger years and wonder if I would have formed a different opinion of iris if I had not see just purple ones as a child. This must be a sight to behold.

  9. I'm totally stunned. I love irises and had no idea there were so many different varieties. I'm going to have to show this to mom. She'll be so impressed.


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