‘Iris – a Flower for all Seasons’

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

irisIrises are in bloom and perhaps you’re seeing the beautiful array in your neighbor’s garden or in glorious bouquets at the local farmers market.

Do you want to learn how to grow your own and how to use them in your landscape? Want to know best ways to divide and move after the growing season? Get answers to these questions and more at the “Iris – a Flower for all Seasons” class at 21 Acres, Saturday, June 15, offered as part of the 21 Acres School Growing Series.

Irises are ideal for Puget Sound gardens, and with the right strategies, irises can be garden stunners from spring through fall.

This class will provide students with a look at the wondrous variety in the genus iris. Faculty member, Patrick Spence, owner of Cascadia Iris Gardens, will provide an overview of the many varieties of bearded and beardless iris and how to use them in your landscape to achieve year-round bloom. Patrick will also describe how to use iris for any type of landscape, arid to pond.

Come to the class and learn more about the type of soil and nutrients irises like best; best ways to divide, move and share varieties with friends and neighbors; and, what new varieties are perfect for Northwest gardens.

Instructor Patrick Spence, owner of Cascadia Iris Gardens near Woodinville, is recognized as an expert and a premier hybridizer of Japanese, Pacific Coast, Sino- Siberian and Siberian iris.

Spence brings his extensive knowledge and experience to this class as well as the perspective of many other growers of the celebrated iris. He is the past president of the King County Iris Society, vice president, Society for Japanese Iris, and a certified garden/show judge for the American Iris Society.

“Iris – a Flower for all Seasons” will be held Saturday, June 15,  10 to 11:30 a.m. at 21 Acres. Fee is $10 per person.

For more information or to register and pay-on line, visit

Early registration is encouraged, class size is limited.

Located in the new green-built Center for Local Food and Sustainable Living at 13701 NE 171st Street, Woodinville, the 21 Acres School offers both multi-day and one-day courses and classes aligned under our focus areas: Growing, Eating, Living.

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