Springtime at Schreiner Iris Garden
More than 60 years ago, F. X. Schreiner moved his family and his beloved iris collection from the harsh Minnesota climate to the more temperate Willamette Valley in Oregon. He chose the Quinaby district, just north of Salem. Today, his grandchildren, Steven and Ray, and their children maintain a 10-acre garden filled with over 200 named iris. On an additional 200 acres, they operate an internationally recognized hybridizing program that produces flowers that win domestic and international medals.
Throughout the year, iris collections or other seasonal flowers and birds and insects can be enjoyed. Photographers, artists, painters, the young and young at heart are welcomed to picnic, view the gardens or purchase flowers from dawn to dusk each day of the season.
Plein air painter, Brooks Hickerson, captures the beauty of the Schreiner Iris Garden.
Even young children like this toddler, Jake Smith, are captivated by the beauty of a bearded iris taller than himself throughout Schreiner Iris Garden.
Hybridizer and co-owner Steve Schreiner spends many hours each day carefully checking the test garden. He evaluates the progress of the plants at Schreiner Iris Garden that were hybridized two years earlier. Although hybridization is done in the wild by bees, blossom formation requires very aggressive or large bees, like the bumblebee to be successful.
Honey bees easily pollinate open flowers like the beautiful oriental poppies at Schreiner Iris Garden. Consistent, successful hybridization of the iris, however, requires human intervention.
The Hybridization Process
Remove the standards--the upper petals--to expose the crest.
Identify the anther and stigmatic lip--the male/female part.
When the fertilization is successful, seeds will grow in the seed pod below the anther.