Irises forum: Napa Country Iris gardens closed

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Name: Richard
SFBA (Zone 10a)
Region: Maryland Irises Dog Lover Birds Bromeliad Region: California
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lilpod13
Feb 25, 2019 7:10 PM CST
The Painter's garden in Napa provided my wife and myself one very memorable afternoon three years ago and I was saddened to read that they have had to close their gardens due to health issues. They are still available for some new introductions and past introductions, but they weren't able to replant last fall so most of the inventory is no longer available. The Painter's gardens were a crowned jewel in NoCal and their rhizomes were always the highest caliber and huge size. Check out their new introductions and make sure you don't miss out while they still are available. Thanks Lesley and John, you've brought much color and joy into our world, and your irises will continue to make a colorful and bold impact in many of our gardens for many years to come!
www.napairis.com
Name: Evelyn
Northern CA Sierra foothills - (Zone 8a)
Hybridizer Region: United States of America Region: California Annuals Bulbs Butterflies
Cat Lover Foliage Fan Irises Organic Gardener Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter
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evelyninthegarden
Feb 25, 2019 7:17 PM CST
Richard ~ That is sad news. Crying
“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold, when it is summer in the light and winter in the shade.” ~Charles Dickens
(This seems to apply to May as well!)
Name: Scott
Elburn, IL (Zone 5b)
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Region: Illinois Dog Lover
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BlueFlagFan
Feb 25, 2019 7:33 PM CST
Richard, thanks for sharing this information. It is sad news. I truly was going to order from them this year... they had carried 'Scottish Reel', which is now on my must have list.
“In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.” --John Muir (1838-1914)
Name: Monty Riggles
Henry County, Virginia (Zone 7a)
Oops. The weeds took over!
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UndyingLight
Feb 25, 2019 8:28 PM CST
I hate to see yet another iris vendor closing down. All kinds of hard work will cease to be known, and that sucks. I hope they get to feeling better, but may Napa live on in its legacy.
What a beautiful sunset!
Name: Barbara
Northern CA (Zone 9a)
Region: California Cat Lover Irises Enjoys or suffers hot summers Dog Lover
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iciris
Feb 25, 2019 8:34 PM CST
Really sad news! Best wishes for them!
• “Whoever said, ‘Do something right and you won’t have to do it again’ never weeded a garden.” – Anonymous
Name: Elsa
Las Cruces, New Mexico (Zone 8a)
Region: New Mexico Region: United States of America Irises Region: Southwest Gardening Dog Lover
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GreenIris
Feb 25, 2019 8:37 PM CST
I am very sad too. I have some very pretty irises that came by them!! I just have to wonder if all the fires aren't causing some of the health issues. Thank You! so much also for letting us know they will have some intros though. One I was interested in ordering from them was an intro of Lesley's. So I will make sure to check. Prayers and Group hug their way!!!
I think the people who grow Irises are about as special as the flower itself!
Name: Richard
SFBA (Zone 10a)
Region: Maryland Irises Dog Lover Birds Bromeliad Region: California
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lilpod13
Feb 25, 2019 8:49 PM CST
Just to make sure no one misinterprets my post, the public gardens are closed and not accessible this year. The huge inventory has been dwindled down to mostly their own introductions over the years, but they are still available for placing orders this year. If there is a cultivar introduced by John or Lesley, show them how much you appreciate their work and add their rhizomes to your garden!
(Zone 9b)
Region: California
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UndertheSun
Feb 25, 2019 8:58 PM CST
That is very sad news. Sad Their iris garden was beautiful and very well maintained. I couldn't believe they did all the work themselves! I hope the health issues are nothing serious and they just need to slow down and let their bodies heal.

Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Region: North Carolina Irises Cat Lover Garden Photography Enjoys or suffers hot summers Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Lestv
Feb 25, 2019 9:23 PM CST
Crying Crying such sad news. They have lovely iris and are such talented hybridizers.

It is alarming how many iris gardens have closed in the last year.
My road calls me, lures me west, east, south & north; most roads lead men homewards, my road leads me forth. - John Masefield
Name: Richard
SFBA (Zone 10a)
Region: Maryland Irises Dog Lover Birds Bromeliad Region: California
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lilpod13
Feb 25, 2019 10:16 PM CST
Thankfully, they are still taking orders. Tonight I purchased 3.
Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
I'm a studio potter.
Hummingbirder Dog Lover Irises Region: California Organic Gardener Dahlias
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janwax
Feb 26, 2019 11:36 PM CST
So sorry that Napa Gardens is closing, I too, just bought 3 . Several of my all time favorites, like Mad World, are from the Painters.
I wish improved health for them, and thank them for all the beauty.
let the mystery be
Name: Richard
SFBA (Zone 10a)
Region: Maryland Irises Dog Lover Birds Bromeliad Region: California
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lilpod13
Feb 27, 2019 1:06 AM CST
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Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
I'm a studio potter.
Hummingbirder Dog Lover Irises Region: California Organic Gardener Dahlias
Garden Art Cat Lover Vegetable Grower Birds Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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janwax
Feb 27, 2019 2:34 PM CST
Richard - my three are,:

Ruby Red Dress
French Lavender
Plum Wicked.

I ordered Painter irises from other vendors also.
let the mystery be
Name: Evelyn
Northern CA Sierra foothills - (Zone 8a)
Hybridizer Region: United States of America Region: California Annuals Bulbs Butterflies
Cat Lover Foliage Fan Irises Organic Gardener Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter
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evelyninthegarden
Feb 27, 2019 11:44 PM CST
In view of the situation of Napa Iris and the Painter family, I just placed a small order with them. Also I have started a new thread,

Napa Iris - What Painters' Irises do you have? New orders?
“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold, when it is summer in the light and winter in the shade.” ~Charles Dickens
(This seems to apply to May as well!)
Name: Anne Peck
Indiana (Zone 5b)
Anne wants more plants
Irises
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queenanne42
Feb 28, 2019 7:24 PM CST
Sad to hear they are closing. I had just found them recently and had placed an order. I just went back and placed another one. So sad I wont be able to next year. :(
Name: Evelyn
Northern CA Sierra foothills - (Zone 8a)
Hybridizer Region: United States of America Region: California Annuals Bulbs Butterflies
Cat Lover Foliage Fan Irises Organic Gardener Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter
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evelyninthegarden
Feb 28, 2019 7:30 PM CST
Anne ~ They may not be closing next year, but be on the watch for it. When age and illness are severe, things happen. We wish them the very best, and hope this setback is temporary, but eventually there may be another direction taken. In the mean time, I hope that they are able to afford some help with the business.

“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold, when it is summer in the light and winter in the shade.” ~Charles Dickens
(This seems to apply to May as well!)
Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
I'm a studio potter.
Hummingbirder Dog Lover Irises Region: California Organic Gardener Dahlias
Garden Art Cat Lover Vegetable Grower Birds Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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janwax
Feb 28, 2019 7:38 PM CST
When I think of the work involved in an iris business, it's daunting, particularly when age creeps up on you.
let the mystery be
Name: Evelyn
Northern CA Sierra foothills - (Zone 8a)
Hybridizer Region: United States of America Region: California Annuals Bulbs Butterflies
Cat Lover Foliage Fan Irises Organic Gardener Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter
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evelyninthegarden
Feb 28, 2019 7:51 PM CST
Jan ~ Yes, that is SO true! Even for "iris fanciers" that came into this "game" late in life. I am hoping to be able to keep up with everything and continue with good health.
“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold, when it is summer in the light and winter in the shade.” ~Charles Dickens
(This seems to apply to May as well!)
Name: Anne Peck
Indiana (Zone 5b)
Anne wants more plants
Irises
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queenanne42
Mar 1, 2019 12:17 PM CST
The best support I can give is to continue to do business with them. I wish both of them the best of health and that they are able to get some good help. I wish there was something else I could do.
Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
I'm a studio potter.
Hummingbirder Dog Lover Irises Region: California Organic Gardener Dahlias
Garden Art Cat Lover Vegetable Grower Birds Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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janwax
Mar 1, 2019 3:03 PM CST
queenanne42 said:The best support I can give is to continue to do business with them. I wish both of them the best of health and that they are able to get some good help. I wish there was something else I could do.


I agree, Anne. It may be a temporary closure, like the closing of the Shady Spot. A breather, so to speak. I hope that is the case.

let the mystery be

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