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‘Tis the season for flower catalogs, seed packs, and planning which flower farms in Oregon we’re going to visit.
Wait. There are flower farms that allow visitors?
Yes! And they’re utterly delightful. Each farm has it’s own distinctive appeal, but in general, imagine wandering through acres of bright flowers, each one as unique as the next. This is the place to see new varieties, one-of-a-kind hybrids, and even participate in naming next year’s new crop of flowers.
Without further ado, our favorite flower farms in Oregon, in order of bloom season:
Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm
The Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm is near Woodburn, Oregon, and hosts TulipFest from late March to early May. The best bloom is expected the second week of April.
Featuring wagon rides, a children’s play area, a tour train, a cow train, food trucks, a wine tasting room, a market, oh…and tulips. Lots and lots of tulips! Forty acres of tulips create a colorful carpet laid out before Mt. Hood, creating a stunning backdrop for photos and making memories with your kids.
Cost in 2020: tickets are required for entry and range from $5 for an Individual Weekday ticket to $85 for a bus season pass.
Directions: from Eugene, I-5 North to Exit 271 and the Woodburn Interchange. Turn right (east) . Follow the signs toward Molalla (Hwy. 211) for 6 miles and turn right (south) on S. Meridian Road. Follow 2 miles and the farm is on the left hand side.
Tips for visiting: plan to go early! If you can go on a weekday, that’s best as the crowds are lower. Weekends are very busy, but you can buy tickets to arrive in time for sunrise!
Schreiner’s Iris Gardens
We first visited Schreiner’s Iris Garden maybe 10 years ago. We were so in awe with our experience that we’ve visited nearly every year since. Their bloom season and coinciding Iris Fest is from Mother’s Day weekend to May 31 annually.
Their 200 acre farm is located just off I-5 near Keizer, Oregon. You might see the brilliant flowers blooming as you travel I-5 between Salem and Portland…that’s the farm. With 10 acres of display gardens, you can easily spend the day here. The display gardens are thoughtfully laid out and filled with not only irises, but also daisies, columbines, azaleas, and more. Everywhere you look, there is a riot of color. Also notice their impressive collection of hostas, which are mysteriously snail-free and grow to huge proportions.
Food trucks, including coffee and wine, are available during the flower festival. Live music often plays, and one weekend features local artists.
Cost in 2021: $5 per car for parking
Directions: from Eugene, take I-5 North to the Brooks Exit 263. Go West (left turn) on Brooklake Road, turn left on River Road, travel for 1 mile, then turn left on Quinaby Road.
Tips for Visiting: Park in back for easiest access. Strollers are easily used throughout the farm. Toward the back of the first display garden (there are three sections) there are usually picnic tables. In a corner of the last display garden, look for the hidden gazebo!
Adelman Peony Gardens
Sharing a bloom season with the irises, peonies are another must-visit on the flower farm circuit. Adelman Peony Gardens is open from May 1 to June 15. Visit their 2-acre display garden and prepare to WOW your senses. The scents and colors from all the peonies is an experience you’ll always remember. Next to the display garden is their 25-acre production field. The rich scents of peonies hang in the air and entice you to Buy. Them. All.
When we visited, many years ago, we bought 4 plants. Today, they are absolutely incredible. On a late spring day, when the peonies are in full bloom, we open our windows to draw the scent throughout the house.
Adelman Peony Garden is smaller than the other flower farms, so you can easily add it to your itinerary if you’re visiting the area. Leave time to sit and enjoy the flower garden, if your kids will let you!
Cost: free to visit
Directions: Adelman Peony Gardens is located just North of Salem, Oregon. Interstate 5 exit 263. Turn East (toward Brooks). Go straight 1 1/2 miles. Driveway on the right.
Tips for Visiting: There is no food or beverage on site, so bring a picnic and eat in the garden!
Swan Island Dahlias
Swan Island Dahlias is open year round for their excellent gift shop, which features garden-inspired gifts, Oregon-made gifts, and much more! But best of all is their annual Dahlia Festival, which is the last week in August and first week in September. This festival is what makes Swan Island one of our favorite flower farms in Oregon. We go every year!
Indoor Showroom of Floral Displays
Arriving at the farm, you’ll drive past vast fields of dahlias, nodding their heads toward the sun. Once parked, most likely you’ll be drawn first to the scents of food from the many food trucks. Grab a frozen lemonade and join the crowd, there’s a lot to see! Go down a steep ramp to their cool basement, filled with flower arrangements of every type and color of dahlia. Marvel at the variety. They range from big to small, huge to tiny. Some have broad petals, others have spiky petals. Some resemble daisies, other look like pompoms. Indoor display cancelled for 2021
Outdoor Show Garden & Fields
After exploring the basement showroom, head back out into the sunshine and visit the display gardens. You’ll see their experimental test garden as well as the new dahlias that are available for purchase for the first time.
Finally, segue into the production fields. Almost 40 acres grow over 370 varieties of dahlias, and plenty of photo ops abound. Take a drink and sunscreen, because if you walk the entire path through the fields, it can take an hour or more!
You can use a stroller and most wheelchairs on any of the paths. Dogs are allowed on a leash but not recommended due to the crowds.
Back at the festival, the fun isn’t over yet. Grab a snack and another frozen lemonade, then relax under the tent to listen to live music. Buy cut flowers to take home or order some tubers for next year. And be sure to visit the gift shop!
Directions: from Eugene, Take I-5 North to the Aurora/Donald exit, Exit 278. Continue on to Canby, following road signs. Once in Canby, follow signs to Swan Island Dahlias. Visit their website for full, detailed driving directions.
Tips for visiting: Go on Monday if you can, the crowds are lower. Go early in the day as it tends to get hot that time of year. And buy the blueberry scones, they’re truly special.
2021 Hours: August through September our Fields, Gift Shop, and Office are open:
- Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday from 9am to 6pm
- Saturday & Sunday from 10am to 5pm
- For full 2021 schedule, including changes to the scheduled events, follow the farm’s page for all the details
Flower Farms in Oregon
One farm we’ve yet to visit, but must be mentioned, is McKenzie River Lavender. They host the McKenzie River Lavender Festival in mid-July each year. Definitely adding this to our list!
We will continue to add to this as we visit more flower farms in Oregon. For now, enjoy the lovely photos and think to the day when we can travel again to see beautiful flowers.