When the Schreiner family looked to move its nascent iris-growing business out of Minnesota in the early 1940s, it looked far and wide for a new home base. But in the end, after testing a few disparate regions, the family settled on the Mid-Willamette Valley—and has been a mainstay in the area since 1946.
Liz Schmidt, president of Schreiner’s Iris Garden, says the Willamette Valley is uniquely suited to growing irises. The rich, volcanic soil is full of nutrients, summer temperatures rarely reach unbearable highs, and a steady diet of light springtime rain allows the plants to soak up the moisture they need to grow and bloom.
Visitors can see the bounty for themselves when Schreiner’s Iris Garden opens its doors between Mother’s Day Weekend and May 31—typically, the high season for iris blooms.
Schreiner’s Iris Garden will sell timed tickets online to help keep crowds safe and to comply with established guidance. Details are still being worked out, but visitors can visit the Schreiner’s Iris Garden website for full details and to purchase tickets. That way, Schmidt says visitors will enjoy a quieter, peaceful experience where visitors can admire the colorful blooms. “It’s going to be beautiful,” she says.