Peony News

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. 

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.
Find us on Facebook; Instagram and Twitter @brooksgardens

Here we go – our 16th spring of flowers at Brooks Gardens. It’s the earliest start to peony and iris bloom season we’ve had. We open the peony fields and iris gardens tomorrow, April 22nd.

While the early varieties are blooming, many are budded up, ready to open over the next week. Today I cut Abalone Pearl, Chief Black Hawk, Command Performance, Coral Sunset, Coral Supreme, Joker, Kopper Kettle, Lavender, Lemon Chiffon, Magical Mystery Tour, Prairie Charm, Prairie Moon, Red Charm, Rosea Plena, Rubra Plena, Salmon Dream and Villosa to store in the cooler for display later in the season. I held off cutting Coral Charm buds; but, I will cut a few of them today.


The plants look so beautiful and healthy – loaded with buds. We have over 140 varieties of peonies available in containers – ready to  transplant this spring. You may also order peony roots at the farm or on our website. Peony roots are shipped September-November for fall planting. 

We invite you to visit during our bloom season. Hours are 10 am – 6 pm, daily April 22 - June 15, 2016. Cut flowers, bouquets and peony plants available. Find us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @brooksgardens

We will also be selling peony plants at Artisan Amy’s Farmers Market at the Woodburn Company Stores (outlet mall) today from 3 pm – 8 pm.

Brooks Gardens, an Oregon peony farm & 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 99E) and 30 minutes south of Tualatin, Wilsonville and Canby, OR. About 40 minutes south of Portland, OR.


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