Schreiner’s Iris Gardens: Portland, Oregon

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Schreiner's Iris Gardens

Yesterday was my birthday, and my hubby and I went to Schreiner’s Iris Gardens to see one of the most beautiful gardens I’ve ever seen. It was so enchanting.
Schreiners Iris Gardens Pin

Schreiner’s Iris Gardens: When to Visit

The Display Garden is not to be missed, but the bloom season is short: Mother’s Day to the end of May. It’s well worth a visit, though, if you can manage it.

Besides the Display Garden, there are also a couple iris fields, too.

The weather can be variable at this time of year, so wear layers. It was cool in the morning, but it got  warm walking around the garden in the afternoon. And, of course, always be prepared for rain in the Pacific Northwest!

Purple Iris Field
Purple Iris Field: Schreiner's Iris Gardens


9:00 am to 6:00 pm daily during bloom season.


Located in the Willamette Valley, the gardens are nicely situated 5 miles north of Salem — about 30 miles south of Portland. It is very easy to get to from Interstate 5.


The cost is $5 per car for parking. There were ample spaces, and it didn’t seem too crowded.

For more information, you can visit their website here.

Benches Blooms
Benches & Blooms

The Display Garden

There are 10 acres of gorgeous blooms on display. 500 varieties are named, and there is an abundance of companion flowers, such as peonies (one of my favorites!), clematis, delphiniums, alliums, and lupines to name just a few.

Schreiners Iris Gardens Beautiful Peonies
I couldn't get enough of the peonies!
Purple-Blue Clematis
This clematis was breathtaking!
Alliums Lupines
Alliums & Lupines

Even the trees were blooming. Some looked like giant pom-poms. It was like walking around a garden in Wonderland.

Pretty Pom Pom Trees
Trees Irises

The variety of colors is stunning. The design of the garden is accented with colorful benches, birdhouses, and artful ornaments. And there was even a harpist playing while we walked around.

Pretty Pinks
Pretty Pinks
Garden Art
Garden Art & Blooms
Welcome to Schreiner's Iris Gardens
Welcome to Schreiner's Iris Gardens
Schreiner's Gift Shop
Schreiners Gift Shop

Food & Shopping

They have a little booth where you can get something to drink and a sweet snack. I noticed on the menu board that they have gluten-free pastries, too!

The gift shop was very cute and full of birdhouses, garden ornaments, iris-themed items, and local goodies like honey and hazelnuts.

They also have live plants and cut flowers for sale. The iris bundles are $8.00.

Schreiners Iris Gardens Bee collecting pollen
Bee Collecting Pollen
Schreiners Iris Gardens
Blue Delphinium
Tall Lupines Short Me
The lupines were as tall as me!

Read about my trip to the nearby Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival.

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30 thoughts on “Schreiner’s Iris Gardens: Portland, Oregon

  1. Stunning photos Kit, I also love peonies. The irises are out in bloom here too in Tuscany and we’ve been enjoying the blues, purples and yellows. It’s a pity they don’t last very long. Happy (belated) birthday too. X

    1. Thank you, Ruth. Oh, I can just imagine those irises with the Tuscany landscape to set them off! 🙂 (The blues are my favorite.–so enchanting)

  2. Wow your pictures are amazing Kit. I would love to go there. After the beauty of Holland’s Keukenhof, gardens like these are a paradise for us photographers. Thank you for sharing.

  3. What a lovely post. I live near Seattle but I have not been to this place. I will remember to check it out next time I’m in the Portland area.

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