• Image of IRIS STUDY May 16, 2017 Salem, OR
  • Image of IRIS STUDY May 16, 2017 Salem, OR
  • Image of IRIS STUDY May 16, 2017 Salem, OR
  • Image of IRIS STUDY May 16, 2017 Salem, OR
  • Image of IRIS STUDY May 16, 2017 Salem, OR

The fields of bearded iris at Schreiner's explode in May. 200 acres of militant rows carry tiers of billowing ruffles; the infinite varieties (250+) taunt you. Irises in watercolor hues stir-up our hoarder tendencies, feed on phone storage-- and the unbelievable color-combinations inspire you to stretch past design cliches. Schreiner's collection is one of disorienting proportions, a maze of inspiration. Little Flower School invites you to feast on their fields and celebrate the boldly suggestive muse: The Bearded Iris.

This day-long intensive will feature two studies of the iris explored through painting and floral arranging. Noted textile designer/ painter Helen Dealtry will lead students through a morning session, interpreting iris specimens with watercolors. Students will observe and learn how to render flowers; Helen will elaborate on her painting techniques and approach to textile design. A lunch intermission will be catered and staged within the iris fields. In the afternoon students will build upon their gained floral sensitivities and compose their own arrangement. Nicolette will showcase abundant cuts of Schreiner's hypnotic collection of iris alongside gorgeous product gathered from surrounding farms in Oregon. Through demonstration, discussion and the creation of their own masterpiece, students will gain a greater understanding of the relationships between color, texture and form-- how best to honor each stem's unique constitution. This is an all-levels class: no previous floral/painting experience is required.

Schreiner's Iris Gardens is located at 3625 Quinaby Road NE in Salem, Oregon, a 45 minute drive from Portland. All materials including: clippers, flowers, vase, watercolor, paper and painting tools will be provided. Class will begin with a private tour of the fields. Lunch, light snacks and refreshments will be served during class. The workshop is from 10 am to 5 pm and the cost is $1,000; it is open to students of all levels. Full payment is required to reserve your spot. This class is non-refundable; a minimum of 15 students is required for the class.