Greetings to all iris lovers,

    Greetings to everyone for our 25th year of selling irises. We are a family run business and do all the work ourselves without any outside labor. In spite of the drought that has affected California for the past few years, the irises have grown well. Fortunately irises are hardy and drought tolerant making them able to withstand drier conditions better than most other plants species in the garden. Our goal is still to offer our customers the best and newest iris varieties available. We greatly appreciate all of our loyal customers and those new customers who order from us for the first time.

     Our own iris introductions received 3 HM Awards in 2014 from the American Iris Society as voted by the AIS judges. They are Mad World, Teasing Tiger and Under The Boardwalk. Also Spice Trader received our first Award of Merit in 2014. Thanks to all the judges who voted for them.

    We start taking orders as soon as the 2015 website is up and running. It is always best to order early as certain varieties do sell out due to limited supply. In addition many varities sell out when the garden opens to the public in mid-late April and May. Shipping of all bare root plants is by USPS or UPS starting in July and ending mid August. After that we need to time to transplant our stock for 2016. In order to maintain the quality and size of our rhizomes we dig and transplant most of our stock each year.

     Plants can be ordered either online, or at the garden when open for bloom season and by mail. Potted irises are also available to purchase at the garden during the bloom season. All purchases at the garden must be paid for by either cash or check. Sorry - we cannot process credit card sales at the garden.

    For those of you visiting or living in the San Francisco Bay or the Northern California area we hope you can visit us during the bloom season as that's the best way to view the flowers. The garden is located 14 miles northeast of Napa near the southern end of Lake Berryessa. Depending on where you are coming from there are several routes to get here so it's best to consult a map. Steele Canyon Rd is just north of the intersection of Hwy. 121 and 128. The garden is 1.5 miles on Steele Canyon Rd on the right.

    Best bloom time varies each year depending on the weather but usually peak bloom occurs between the first and second week of May. Please check our website for the latest bloom & garden conditions. It could be earlier this year if the warm and dry conditions persist.

~ John & Lesley Painter