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