Greetings to all iris lovers,
Greetings for a new year and a new iris season. We hope all of your iris dreams and wishes come true this spring. We have begun this year -our 24th - on a very dry and warm note. Rainfall for much of California is at record lows. We have already begun irrigating the irises as we write this in mid January. Each year presents new challenges and it looks as if 2014 will be no different. 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 5 HM Awards in 2013 from the American Iris Society as voted by the AIS judges. They are Chocolatte, French Lavender, Rum and Coke, Splatter Matters and Stan Coates. Thanks to all the judges who voted for them.
We start taking orders as soon as the 2014 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 by USPS or UPS starting in July and ending mid August. After that we need to time to transplant our stock for 2015. 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.