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Jan 30, 2015 2:47 AM CST
Name: Brad
iowa (Zone 5a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Finally got some down time Smiling and wanted to share some of the pictures from the different gardens I visited this spring in Oregon and California. Thought I would start out with some landscape pictures for those that have never visited so you can get a idea of what it looked like standing in the fields and walking the gardens and then some of my favorite's from each place and seedlings Big Grin

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Jan 30, 2015 3:43 AM CST
(Zone 9b)
Region: California Garden Ideas: Level 1
Wow Brad, these are amazing! Drooling Thank you for sharing these! Hurray!

Those giant teddy bears have the right idea. Green Grin!
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Jan 30, 2015 4:00 AM CST
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
Region: United States of America Region: Arkansas Master Gardener: Arkansas Irises Plant and/or Seed Trader Moon Gardener
Garden Ideas: Master Level Dragonflies Bulbs Garden Art Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Gardens in Buckets
Brad, your photos are the next best thing to being there. Thank you for posting them. smiles
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Jan 30, 2015 7:01 AM CST
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
Butterflies Vegetable Grower Keeper of Poultry Irises Keeps Horses Dog Lover
Daylilies Cat Lover Region: Wisconsin Celebrating Gardening: 2015
It's 10 degrees here this morning, It was so nice to see these pictures. It gives me hopes of spring and smiles to go with my coffee. Thanks for sharing them!
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Jan 30, 2015 7:39 AM CST
Name: Donald
Eastland county, Texas (Zone 8a)
Raises cows Enjoys or suffers hot summers Region: Texas Plant Identifier
How did you manage these without people in them? I only saw 3 photos with folks in them and not many there.
Donald
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Jan 30, 2015 8:33 AM CST
Name: Mary Ann
Western Kentucky (Zone 7a)
Birds Irises Hummingbirder Hostas Keeps Horses Farmer
Daylilies I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Container Gardener Region: Kentucky Region: United States of America Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Gorgeous pictures Brad -- thanks for sharing them.

Question -- are people allowed to walk down the *aisles* of Irises in the growing fields?
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Jan 30, 2015 8:37 AM CST
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Garden Photography Cat Lover Irises Region: North Carolina Peonies Enjoys or suffers hot summers
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Are these all at Schreiner's? Would love to know which places are in each picture. I used to live in Washington so these pics make me want to go back....
Impressive shots as always, BTW.
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Jan 30, 2015 9:00 AM CST
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
Beekeeper Region: Illinois Irises Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Hurray!
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Jan 30, 2015 9:55 AM CST
Name: Pam
Pennsylvania
Cat Lover Dog Lover Keeps Horses Irises Region: Pennsylvania
WOW!!!

Those are much better than a field full of snow.
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Jan 30, 2015 10:16 AM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
irises
Charter ATP Member Cottage Gardener Irises Region: Northeast US Region: United Kingdom Region: United States of America
Enjoys or suffers cold winters
agree! agree!
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Jan 30, 2015 12:15 PM CST
Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
I'm a semi-retired studio potter.
Dog Lover Hummingbirder Organic Gardener Daylilies Region: Ukraine Region: California
Irises Dahlias Garden Art Cat Lover Vegetable Grower Birds
Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!
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Jan 30, 2015 12:38 PM CST
Name: Brad
iowa (Zone 5a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Thanks Guys Glad you like the pictures. I enjoyed everyone of the gardens we visited this year especially after the rough spring I had at home it helped get my Iris fix for the season Big Grin

Donald.. I had not noticed that but your right Big Grin think it was because I was always the first one to arrive in the morning Smiling and usually the last to leave, tried to spend as much time as possible walking the gardens it is good feeling to get lost in a Iris field.

Tom.. 10 degrees Thumbs down Crying It was 57 in Iowa Weds was hoping we could keep those temps through out February after that March is a breeze.

MaryAnn.. I think so but most of the time very few people in the fields other than there seedling field which are getting worked a lot during bloom season. I enjoy walking the fields more than the display gardens because I have them all to myself the display gardens are always packed with photgraphers and people.

Leslie... the Pictures 7 & 8 are from Napa Gardens..9 & 10 are Superstition.. 11 12 13 14.. are Mid America the rest are Schreiner's in there display gardens or Fields. It would be a good year to go back with the convention this spring you will see a lot of plants in 2 year clumps it should be impressive.
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Jan 30, 2015 12:46 PM CST
Name: Greg Hodgkinson
Hanover PA (Zone 6b)
Garden Photography Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Irises Region: Japan Region: Pennsylvania
If you look in the back of photo 10, you will see Rick Tasco in his element!
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Jan 30, 2015 12:57 PM CST
Name: Marilyn
Central California (Zone 9b)
Annuals Irises Dog Lover Composter Cat Lover Region: California
Butterflies Birds Bee Lover Enjoys or suffers hot summers Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Yes...and he looks like he's snuggling one of the kitties! Big Grin
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Jan 30, 2015 1:55 PM CST
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
Butterflies Vegetable Grower Keeper of Poultry Irises Keeps Horses Dog Lover
Daylilies Cat Lover Region: Wisconsin Celebrating Gardening: 2015
I thought it was two people hugging!
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Jan 30, 2015 2:00 PM CST
Name: Celia
West Valley City, Utah (Zone 7a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Photography Irises Plant Identifier Hummingbirder Birds
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Cat Lover Butterflies Enjoys or suffers cold winters
I thought it was, too, until I saw the tail. Lol

Beautiful places! Shriener's is the only one I've been to. I have a DIL who lives just a few miles from there and I visit her (and them!) regularly.
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Jan 30, 2015 2:07 PM CST
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
Butterflies Vegetable Grower Keeper of Poultry Irises Keeps Horses Dog Lover
Daylilies Cat Lover Region: Wisconsin Celebrating Gardening: 2015
OK, when I put my glasses on I see the tail Hilarious!
Politicians are like diapers, they need to be changed often, and for the same reason.
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Jan 30, 2015 2:41 PM CST
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Garden Photography Cat Lover Irises Region: North Carolina Peonies Enjoys or suffers hot summers
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
I thought it was two people too. *Blush*

Thanks for the identifications Brad. Wow, I love Napa's setting, nestled between the hills. I had thought of going during the convention time, but decided it may be crazy busy. Think I will go next year. Want to go at a time when I can catch some of the Japanese iris blooming at Mt. Pleasant Iris Farms too. I REALLY like Harris' Japanese creations.
"The chimera is a one time happenstance event where the plant has a senior moment and forgets what it is doing." - Paul Black
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Jan 30, 2015 2:46 PM CST
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Rescue dogs: Angels with paws needi
Dragonflies Dog Lover Bookworm I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Photography Bee Lover
Plays in the sandbox Butterflies Region: Texas Garden Sages I sent a postcard to Randy! Charter ATP Member
Bee-yew-tee-muss...{{{sigh}}}... Smiling
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Jan 30, 2015 5:35 PM CST
Name: Sherry Austin
Santa Cruz, CA (Zone 9a)
Birds Bulbs Region: California Dragonflies Foliage Fan Irises
Keeper of Poultry Roses Photo Contest Winner: 2015
It's funny... I guessed all the gardens correctly before you wrote them down... I guess I've looked at a *few* pictures over the years... The lupines are a giveaway for Schreiner's, as are the enormous fields. I've seen enough of Rick Tasco's on line to recognize his planting method, as well as the background fence. Napa, I hadn't seen many pictures of their fields, but knowing where they are, the topography looked right. Mid-America, I'd heard that they had a lot of interesting trees and shrubs in addition to their Iris. All just gorgeous in their own right.

Now we need to see Keppel's and Ghios and...??

Thanks so much for posting these.
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