Welcome to Cascadia Iris Gardens!
We look forward to meeting new customers and old friends on May 15th,
our next Open Day of 2016. As of May 12th, Siberians and early
Tall Beardeds have come into flower, and pushed by the warmth
Japanese Iris Pleasant Earlybird opened up weeks ahead of normal.
For those of you who are new to the site, we are a specialty nursery featuring the diverse genus of plants known as Irises. We are pleased to offer a variety of plants for most any environment you want to garden in. From short to tall, wet to dry or small to large, we have them all. We are also pleased to offer plants that will bloom throughout the year, given the optimal conditions and weather. Simply speaking, whatever your gardening challenges, we are happy to help find some irises to fill your desires.
For those people returning to our site, you will see a few changes this year. We are offering a nice variety of daylilies (Hemerocallis). Please see our Daylily page for Margaret’s beautiful pictures and pricing. We are also offering an e-commerce option for the first time this year. We hope this will make transactions easier for you, enhancing your experience with us. Most importantly, we a pleased to offer a new iris hybridized by Rita Butler. ‘More Raspberries Please’ is a delightful iris. It comes from the family I. versicolor, so it has exceptional vigor and an abundance of bloom stalks with 8-12 buds per stalk providing a long and glorious bloom season. This iris was a hit at last year’s American Iris Society National Convention and the subsequent Siberian/Species Convention in Portland, Oregon. ‘More Raspberries Please’ was so highly thought of that, at the convention-ending auction, it sold for a whopping $100. Please see our “New Introduction” page for pictures and more information.
And… for those who enjoy the wildlife stories from previous years, I have a few updates.
Our pair of Killdeer returned and, as usual, managed to nest in the most inopportune places again. However, Margaret did get excellent pictures of newly hatched chicks last summer. Please go to our Birds & Bees page to see pictures of these and other critters. They were cute as can be, but were mobile within a day and we never saw them again.
Our pair of Red-tailed Hawks raised two chicks last year. Though we missed the exciting events we experienced from past years, they were around all summer and fall. I very much enjoyed the conversations between the siblings and their parents. Having had children of my own, I could imagine what each conversation was about.
Our family of Mourning Doves had a very good year, primarily due to the fact that I found Dove-specific food and shared it liberally with them. We started the year with 5 doves and had around 30 by the end of the season. We also attracted the neighborhood Pigeons, but that is a story for a different day.
To Margaret’s delight, her experiment with woodpecker-specific suet cakes had the desired effect. We now get to claim our own Northern Flicker, a beautiful bird, who warmed up to us as the summer progressed and would come to the feeder when we were sitting mere feet away. Now if only we could attract a Pileated Woodpecker!
Thank you to all who helped make 2015 a successful year! We are looking forward to an even better 2016!
Patrick & Margaret
We are located in Lake Stevens, Washington, and except for our public Open Garden Days, we are open by appointment only. So, if you are in the area and would like to schedule a visit, please contact Patrick at Patrick@CascadiaIrisGardens.com or give him a call at 425-770-5984.
Learn more about iris:
If you need a speaker for your horticulture club, let us know. We offer basic and advanced iris programs. Margaret is a prolific photographer so there are lots of pretty pictures to ooh and ahh over. Patrick loves to hear himself speak and it gives him another excuse to leave the weeds in peace. If Patrick is not the right person, we can connect you with someone who has the knowledge you are seeking.
Patrick Spence's 2015
• Pierce County Iris Society
• Snohomish Garden Club
• King County Master
• AIS Siberian/Species
Convention on "Growing
Species Iris in the
• Oregon Trail Iris Society
on "Japanese Iris"
In addition to the June Open Day, the following groups have arranged tours in 2015:
• Bear Creek Garden Club
on May 14th
• Northwest Perennial
Alliance on May 17th
Patrick's 2014 speaking engagements:
• Central Valley Garden Club, Silverdale
• Redmond Garden Club
• Hardy Plant Society, Seattle