Welcome to our 2016 garden website. There are over 500 varieties with 59 new iris varieties for this year while also deleting some varieties. We've been trying to cut back as we get older but it is such an arduous task and difficult to do with so many fantastic iris to consider - do they stay or do they go? Most of the irises we carry are the tall bearded type. We are actually in the process of replacing some of the iris varieties with a selection of beautiful peonies and are offering a selection of potted peonies that can be purchased at the garden during the open garden season in the spring. They proved very popular last year so we decided to offer more this year. We are still carrying a large assortment of potted irises that are available at the garden. Orders for the bare root irises that are shipped in July and August can be placed on the website or by mail through July 31,2016.
Apparently the iris liked the growing conditions of 2015 as we had excellent growth and size of the rhizomes. This year seems to be more on the colder side and we are hopeful that the rest of the winter brings the much anticipated El Nino. We were able to keep enough moisture to the plants in 2015 otherwise they would have gone semi-dormant during the summer growing season. As this is written in early January rain is in the forecast and we are hopeful for another good year in 2016.
We were excited by several awards we received from the American Iris Society in 2015. John's Rum and Coke received an Award of Merit with Chocolatte and Splatter Matters as runner ups. 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. They reportedly "stole the show". We very much appreciate the recognition and votes from the AIS judges.
Peonies at the Garden
We are also expanding the quantity and selection of peonies this year. They proved very popular as potted plants last year so we decided to offer more this year . Look for a greater selection of 3-5 gallon pots of both herbaceous varieties and especially the less common and very popular ITOH varieties. The peonies will only be available at the garden during our open garden this spring. Don't miss the oportunity to expand your collection and begin a new one.
The website will now be taking orders for July-August 2016 delivery. Remember to login if a returning customer or create your online account before placing items in your shopping cart to avoid problems. Please check our
Order Guide for more information.
Update April 30, 2016
The display garden is now open. For a great read please check out the article in the Napa Register, our local paper, on the garden. The garden still has great color with many varieties still in bloom. The early varieties are almost gone but mid and later varieties still have lots of blooms. This weekend is the last weekend for open garden this season. Last day will be tomorrow - Sunday, May 1. Hours are 10 am to 5 pm. The peonies are in bloom as well and are putting on a beautiful display. This year is one of the earliest blooms in the past 25 years. Unfortunately this also means that like last year we will not be open for Mother's Day. We will keep the "Garden Status" updated regularly so check back here often for the latest information on the bloom status. Hope to see you in the garden!