Greetings to all iris lovers,

    Hello to all in the new year 2016. This is our 26th year of growing and selling irises. In 2015 there was warmer weather and in spite of the drought were ideal conditions for the iris growth. They grew happily!

    We are a still a family run business with just the two of us doing all the work ourselves and without any outside labor. This allows us to maintain better quality control and offer a better product along with the personalized care that each customer deserves. We greatly appreciate all of our loyal customers and those new customers who order from us for the first time.

     Our own iris introductions from our hybridizing efforts received awards in 2015 from the American Iris Society as voted by the AIS judges. John's Rum and Coke received an Award of Merit. Lesley's Golden Gaga and John's Jazzberry both received an Honorable Mention. Also John's Jazzberry received the Gibson Cup and Teasing Tiger received the Clara B Reese Cup at the AIS Region 14 Spring Convention. Thanks to all the judges who voted for them.

    We start taking orders as soon as the 2016 website is up and running. We have many older tried and true varieties, some of the newest offerings from top hybridizers from around the world plus our own hybridized originations. It is always best to order early as we carry limited quantities of the many varieties we sell. 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 2017. 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 along with a new and expanded selection of peonies 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 towards the end of April of first of May. Please check our website for the latest bloom & garden conditions.

~ John & Lesley Painter