The Schreiner family has been growing irises in Oregon since 1946 and is among the largest producers in the world—so it's no surprise that Schreiner’s Iris Gardens is a popular stop during the colorful springtime bloom season.
If you're hoping to check out the fields of purple and blue this year—the garden is open daily May 6-31, 2022—you'll want to keep a few things in mind. First and foremost, admission to the 10-acre display garden is $5—and tickets (for a specific, two-hour window of time) must be purchased online in advance. Liz Schmidt, president of Schreiner’s Iris Garden, says the timed entry debuted in 2021 as a tool to prevent overcrowding—and that visitors have taken a liking to the new system. "People absolutely loved it," she says. “They felt like they were in a private garden."
Second, there's more than just irises. Schmidt says that visitors are surprised to see lupine, peonies, pansies, and other plants. “Everything is blooming at once, and it’s kind of a shock of color,” she says. “Bloom season is like Christmas for us.”
Finally, Schreiner’s is bringing back its beloved art fair over Memorial Day weekend, when a dozen or so tents will host regional artists displaying and selling glassworks, paintings, and other pieces.