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Memorial Day Weekend at the Peony Farm

We are expecting peak peony bloom at Brooks Gardens this Memorial Day weekend and into early June. The mid-season peonies are in full swing and the field is dazzling. Come on out to see what's in bloom - and don't forget to take a peek at our iris garden, too! Our place is buzzing with smiles, happy people and loads of flowers. 

Memorial-Day-peonies    Brooks Gardens Oregon peony farm and iris garden   peony field Oregon Brooks Gardens

Special hours & prices on cut peonies Friday - Monday, Memorial Day weekend. Open: 9 am - 6 pm. 

Stop by for fresh cut peonies or peony plants. We will be open daily through June 10th from 10 am - 6 pm. 

Directions: Brooks Gardens (Brooks, Oregon) is the hidden Oregon peony farm & iris garden just north of Brooks/Salem, Oregon at 6219 Topaz Street NE, Brooks, OR 97305.  From I-5 take exit 263; drive one mile east to Brooks; turn left (north) onto 99 E; one mile to Topaz Street. Follow the purple Peonies & Iris signs.

From Woodburn, drive about six miles south on 99 E to Topaz Street.  We are about 40 minutes south of Portland, Oregon; 30 minutes south of Canby and Wilsonville.  

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Here come the peonies! Looking at the peony fields with all the budded stems, it is hard to believe that over 60 varieties are already blooming. There will be many varieties popping open this week and the following weeks – sun is on the horizon!

Brooks Gardens Peony & Iris Bloom Status

There is a four week swing in bloom time from 2016 to this year. Last year we had the earliest peony bloom season on record, peaking May 5th.  This year we were cooler and the bloom is about a week later than normal. We expect peak bloom in late May, which is more usual than the past two years. With lots of sun and warmth about to arrive in western Oregon in the next week, there will be different peony varieties opening daily for the next few weeks. Our historic iris garden has come alive with flowers and the sweet scent will greet you as you wander the pathways.

Our Secluded Peony Farm

We were blessed to have cut peonies for Mother’s Day weekend and puzzled when one of our Facebook followers said she stopped by and there were no bouquets. Turns out several folks went to a neighboring peony garden and thought they were here. As Brooks, OR is the peony & iris capital of Oregon, I remind folks that we are the ‘hidden’ peony farm, tucked out of sight from the highway. Driving here is a short adventure, and while we are only ½ mile down Topaz Street, the seclusion fills visitors with delight upon arrival. Follow the purple signs in the area. Directions to Brooks Gardens.

Those Itoh Peonies are In Their Glory

Many of the Itoh intersectional peonies are blooming this week, including Berry Garcia, Border Charm, Callie’s Memory, Canary Brilliants, Chief Black Hawk, Cora Louise, Hillary, Julia Rose, Lemon Dream, Luxuriant, Magical Mystery Tour, Old Rose Dandy and Sequestered Sunshine (fitting name for Oregon gardens). These peonies (a bush peony with a tree peony parent) come in amazing colors ranging from stark white, dark red, bright yellow and blends of orange, pink, cream and reds.

Herbaceous Peonies

The mid-season herbaceous varieties are now joining the peony festival of blossoms including many of the early corals, reds and yellows. Lemon Chiffon is in all it's glory! 

Visit Our Peony Fields and Iris Garden

Stop by and see what’s in bloom today. We have many of the varieties on display in our flower tents. Cut flowers and peony plants for sale; or, order bare root for fall planting. Open daily through June 10, 2017; 10 PM – 6 PM.

Brooks Gardens is located at 6219 Topaz Street NE, Brooks, Oregon, 97305. We are just over 1 mile north of Brooks, OR (between Woodburn and Salem, off of 99 E).

From Portland area take I-5 south to exit 263; exit left (east); 1 mile to Brooks; turn left (north) at stop light.  About 40 minutes south of Portland and 30 minutes south of Tualatin, Wilsonville and Canby, OR. Follow the purple peonies & iris signs.

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Yes!!  We have peonies for the weekend (WHEW!). It's been touch and go for the early peonies to bloom this season; but, they are coming along. The cool, wet spring delayed the start by about 5 to 6 days; then we had two days of heat to warm things up. We are still in the early season, with mid-season peonies just starting to show color. 

We will have Coral Charm peonies for Mother's Day, as well as an assortment of mixed peony arrangements in vases and bouquets for purchase at the farm - rain or shine. 

peony bouquets at Brooks Gardens Oregon farm    Coral Charm peonies  peonies at Oregon's Brooks Gardens

The Itoh (intersectional) peonies are starting to peak out of their sepals - Magical Mystery Tour, Callie's Memory, Julia Rose and others are either sporting a few blossoms or about to dazzle us in the next days. Lemon Chiffon and Prairie Moon, the two big, fluffy yellows are teasing us; and, I have even cut a few open blossoms for bouquets. So many varieties are just waiting for the right moment to pop open.

While we will have cuts for Mothers Day, we still are in the very early bloom stage, with much more to come in the next weeks. I anticipate our peak bloom will be after May 20th this year. With the weather fluctuating, it's anyone's guess at this point.

Our iris garden is starting to fill with fragrant blossoms and the 'wild wisteria' is in full bloom - alluring visitors to return for the sole purpose of seeing it again this year. It's an amazing backdrop for photos. 

Drop by the farm to see what's in bloom or to pick up a peony plant or bouquet. Bring your friends and delight them with a visit to Brooks Gardens. After 17 years, we are still touched to hear first time visitors express such delight at 'finding this hidden gem' tucked at the end of Topaz Street. A woman who visited for the first time last year, returned the other day and brought her friend, who stood in the iris garden and exclaimed "I have never, ever in my life been in such a place as this - it is so beautiful and amazing".

Stop by and be amazed. For those of you who can't make it to the farm, you can order peony roots online for fall planting and grow your own dazzling garden.

Therese

Directions: Brooks Gardens (Brooks, Oregon) is the hidden peony farm & iris garden just north of Brooks/Salem, Oregon at 6219 Topaz Street NE, Brooks, OR 97305.  From I-5 take exit 263; drive one mile east to Brooks; turn left (north) onto 99 E; one mile to Topaz Street. Follow the purple Peonies & Iris signs.

From Woodburn, drive about six miles south on 99 E to Topaz Street.  We are about 40 minutes south of Portland, Oregon; 30 minutes south of Canby and Wilsonville.  

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We have some great peonies at the farm, ready to take home and transplant this spring. The weather is just becoming good 'gardening weather' here in the Willamette Valley after a wet early spring. It's nice to see we are into a drying trend now. 

We have a number of blush, pink, red, white, yellow and bi-colored peonies (some in containers; some available to order for fall).

Some of the spectacular red peonies available in containers include:

Chief Black Hawk (Itoh) Itoh peony Chief Black Hawk

Christmas Velvet  Christmas Velvet peony

Karl Rosenfield  

Little Red Gem (fern leaf) fern leaf peony Little Red Gem

 

Many Happy Returns red peony Many Happy Returns

 

And, the beautifully unique peonies: 

Lois' Choice  Lois' Choice peonies

P. delavayi lutea  P. delavayii peonies

White Innocence  peony White Innocence

Stop by and see what we have that will look great in your garden. Easy planting instructions provided. 

Brooks Gardens peony farm (and iris gardens) is located at 6219 Topaz Street NE, Brooks (or Salem), Oregon, 97305. We are just over one mile north of Brooks, OR (between Woodburn and Salem, off of 99 E) and 30 minutes south of Tualatin, Wilsonville and Canby, OR. About 40 minutes south of Portland, OR.

Directions to Brooks Gardens

Follow our purple Peonies & Iris signs in the area. Telephone: 503-393-7999.

Open daily from 10 am - 6 pm now through June 10, 2017. 

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Well, we are still waiting for all of the early peonies to bloom; it won't be long. After two 80+ degree days and drizzles today, they will be popping open over the weekend. 

The species peonies, such as P. mlokosewitschii, obovata and villosa have been blooming for some time, as well as the fern leaf varieties. Honor, Athena, Campagna, Nosegay, Roy Pehrson's Best Yellow, Rosea Plena, Serenade, Silver Dawn Mix, Sugar 'n Spice and a few seedlings are blooming, too.

Making just the perfect peony bouquet yesterday, I was able to cut some loose buds of Abalone Pearl, Carina, Coral Sunset, Prairie Moon, Red Charm and a few more. I am just waiting for those Coral Sunsets next week. That Grandma in Arizona is going to love it when her grand kids step off the plane with it. 

Coral Sunset peony flower  Red Charm peony  

Stop by for a bouquet or potted peonies today - and spread the word that the peonies are arriving!  

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While we open our farm for the season today, the iris gardens and peony field will be waiting another week to start dazzling us. With lots of sunshine predicted in the coming week, the bloom should be popping by next weekend. This week, I estimate that less than 5% are in bloom - and, that may be a stretch.  

We are running a few days behind a 'normal' bloom season this year. Last year we were nearly 3 weeks early. Usually our peak bloom is mid-late May; and, I expect that this season. Of course, weather rules and I will keep you posted on the bloom progress every few days. 

We do have the best selection of potted peonies early in the season; and they look great this year. 

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Oregon Peony Fields & Iris Gardens

We open the farm for visitors April 29th through June 10th this year. Plan a visit to see the bloom, pick up a bouquet or buy peony plants to transplant this spring.

Every spring we anticipate and wait for the peonies to bloom – it’s what our world revolves around here on the peony farm (that, and dig season in the fall). And, it’s coming soon.

The early varieties are budded up, waiting to unfurl and dazzle; and, once we start getting a few sunny days, the peony procession begins.

While peonies are our specialty, we also maintain one of the Northwest’s largest historic bearded iris gardens, blooming at the same time as the peonies. You can walk the peony fields and stroll through the adjoining historic iris gardens, to get your fill of beautiful, fragrant flowers. The iris gardens are filled with over 1,000 varieties dating from the 1800’s through the late 20th century.

We started the peony farm in 2000 and now grow over 300 hundred varieties, including old fashioned and newer hybrid peonies. We offer over 100 varieties for sale in containers – ready to transplant this spring. We also offer additional varieties for fall planting in our online peony catalog; or, you may order here at the farm.

Peonies come in a range of colors, flower styles and plant habitats. Some people choose peonies based on the flower form; others zero in on the foliage; and, some are allured by fragrance. A great thing about peonies is that they are perennials – plant them once, and they bloom every spring. They can live in the same garden spot for decades without needing divided.

We’ll help you with selecting your style of peonies and give you planting tips for success on growing these easy-care plants.

Plan a visit this spring, and see what your favorites are. Bring your friends, share the good news – peony season is coming soon!

Hours are 10 am – 6 pm, daily April 29 - June 10, 2017.

Brooks Gardens, an Oregon peony farm located at 6219 Topaz Street NE, Brooks, Oregon, 97305.

Directions: I-5 exit 263, go 1 mile east to Brooks, OR; left (north) at light onto 99 E. We are just over one mile north of Brooks, OR (between Woodburn and Salem, off of 99 E).
We are about 30 minutes south of Tualatin, Wilsonville and Canby, OR. About 40 minutes south of Portland, OR. Follow our purple Peonies & Iris signs in the area.
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