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Irises: COOLEY'S IRIS GARDEN HAVE GONE OUT OF BUSINESS

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blomma

blomma
Wyoming, WY
(Zone 4a)

January 30, 2012
12:04 AM

Post #8987545

I received my magazine from AIS, which I am a member. I was astonished and saddened by the news that due to the economy Cooley's closed its doors. This was reported back in July of 2011 following the death of hybridizer Rick Ernst. The Cooley family decided to close after the 2011 shipping season.

Cooley's legacy in hybridizing and introduction of Irises spanned 8 decades so this is a huge loss for us Iris lovers.

I wonder what the family will do with all the Irises they have.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

January 30, 2012
2:56 AM

Post #8987581

My guess? Sell off locally.
That is a shame. Businesses that are family based are so vulnerable in an economy like this.
estrail1rider
Melfa, VA
(Zone 8a)

January 30, 2012
5:38 AM

Post #8987681

So sad to hear, was a nice company to order from! Great irises!
dmac085
Greensboro, NC
(Zone 7a)

January 30, 2012
2:20 PM

Post #8988411

I really hate to hear that. I never had a chance to order from them--too many options and too little space and money each season. It is really a bummer when long established businesses close. I just get a feeling that so much is being lost over time--varieties, knowledge and experience.

blomma

blomma
Wyoming, WY
(Zone 4a)

January 30, 2012
6:44 PM

Post #8988730

Fortunately, Schreiner is still in business. And they still have their 50% off sale. I did more business with Schreiner, than Cooleys.

Many old businesses are hitting the dust. Kodak is another

This message was edited Jan 30, 2012 7:45 PM

warriorswisdomkathy

warriorswisdomkathy
Kiowa, CO
(Zone 5b)

January 30, 2012
7:55 PM

Post #8988849

Blomma...looked at scheiner's site and didn't find the sale, got any info for us, is it from a mailer?

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blomma

blomma
Wyoming, WY
(Zone 4a)

January 30, 2012
9:15 PM

Post #8988917

kathy LOL it is much too early in the season for sales. Usually it is end of June or July when the sales are on. Here is how it works. If you purchase $80 of the prices in the catalog, or as stated online, you only pay $40, plus shipping. I think $80 is the lowest you can buy, to get the sale. Under $80, you will pay regular prices. Don't forget that you actually only pay $40. So, if you purchase $100 in value, you pay $50, and so on. The lower price will show at the end when you are ready to check out, but before you pay.

You will also receive bonus which are new cultivars not even listed yet. The one thing I like about Schreiner is that if you lost an iris/s over the winter that you purchased from them the year before, they will replace it. You can contact them through their website. They will also answer questions, etc. They have excellent customer service.

You can go online and request their small catalog. Their thick catalog you will receive the following year that you purchased from them. I save all their catalogs. Anyway check back with them monthly. I love to view their irises.

I didn't purchase any last season for lack of room. I have many seedlings from my crosses that I have to leave space for. Most likely will order some this year. I am addicted to them.

Starship Enterprise from Schreiner. Was $15 in 2008. I paid $7.50

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irisMA

irisMA
South Hamilton, MA

January 31, 2012
11:27 AM

Post #8989514

Cooleys went out of business because of the death of Rick Ernst, owner & hybridizer.

warriorswisdomkathy

warriorswisdomkathy
Kiowa, CO
(Zone 5b)

January 31, 2012
6:55 PM

Post #8990086

Blooma...thanks, will keep checking back, tho I probably don't need any (not sure if I should laugh or boo hoo). lol.

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blomma

blomma
Wyoming, WY
(Zone 4a)

January 31, 2012
7:06 PM

Post #8990110

Hmm, I didn't know that R. Ernst owned the nursery. I assumed it was someone with the name Cooley..I knew he worked there and was a hybridizer.

I wonder then why they closed. I thought it was because of economics.

Kathy, love your iris. What is its name?

warriorswisdomkathy

warriorswisdomkathy
Kiowa, CO
(Zone 5b)

January 31, 2012
7:14 PM

Post #8990126

Gosh blomma, maybe fire cheif, something like that.

Pix is Amarillis (sp?), a flatie

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irisMA

irisMA
South Hamilton, MA

January 31, 2012
8:33 PM

Post #8990228

Rick was a member of the Cooley family which started the business. It was all quite sad.
caitlinsgarden
McGregor, IA
(Zone 4b)

April 15, 2012
3:27 PM

Post #9083741

I think it is probably too hard to replace a key person in a family business; hired help just doesn't have the passion and give-it all-you've got attitude that you need. I know it is the same thing with our family farm.
smyers817
Colleyville, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 15, 2012
7:41 PM

Post #9084028

I just ordered from Schreiner's a few weeks ago & when I asked them about the discount they offer (i.e. buy $80. of iris & pay $40.), they said they discontinued that offer & they lowered the regular price of their irises, but they didn't seem very discounted to me. I think I liked it better the other way. :(

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irisluvr0252
Lafayette, IN
(Zone 5a)

April 16, 2012
11:52 AM

Post #9084852

I agree with you smyers817! I haven't seen many irises that were reduced in price and I liked the discount. They told me they are trying this so we will see how many complain and maybe they will go back to the discount!
caitlinsgarden
McGregor, IA
(Zone 4b)

April 17, 2012
4:38 AM

Post #9085711

Thanks for telling me; I will be sure to complain!

blomma

blomma
Wyoming, WY
(Zone 4a)

April 18, 2012
4:55 PM

Post #9088072

I just received their catalog. Sure enough, no discount. Instead, they are offering up to 4 free 2012 new introductions with order. One for every $40 you order.

Guess I won't be ordering this year. I have enough to last me, including seedlings from my own crosses.
caitlinsgarden
McGregor, IA
(Zone 4b)

April 20, 2012
5:46 AM

Post #9089871

"Hi Sharon, we did simplify things this year. The red star discount didn't apply until you reached $80.00. So we have now lowered our pricing to the already discounted amount. We still offer the same great Iris just making it easier for ordering. Also still offering pre chosen collections also at a discount. The Bonus Iris are now offered for every $40 spent you receive a free Iris. We are in hopes that this simplifed ordering process would please everyone!"

This is the reply I got from Schreiners when I asked about the change. According to this, all of the prices are now half price??? I haven't really compared this years and last years catalog, but I won't automatically order from them this year like I usually do. They do have a gold star in my book for replacing a whole order of irises one year that succumbed to some mysterious bad luck.
irisluvr0252
Lafayette, IN
(Zone 5a)

April 20, 2012
8:57 AM

Post #9090118

The prices are not half price...I think the lowest price I saw was $7 or $7.50. They used to have some for $5 and $6 but that was about 2 or 3 years ago or longer. With that half price deal, I didn't think too much about ordering a more expensive iris but that won't happen anymore! I do like their customer service but my ordering will be a lot less than before.

irisMA

irisMA
South Hamilton, MA

April 20, 2012
12:19 PM

Post #9090418

$7 is a good deal for the type of plant you get.
irisluvr0252
Lafayette, IN
(Zone 5a)

April 20, 2012
1:45 PM

Post #9090574

Yes, I agree but it was also nice to be able to find several and get that $7 one for $3.50 plus bonus iris.
SusieR
Springfield, IL
(Zone 6a)

April 29, 2012
5:52 PM

Post #9103013

Has anyone contacted Cooley's to see what (if anything) they are doing with their stock?

irisMA

irisMA
South Hamilton, MA

April 29, 2012
7:50 PM

Post #9103197

Scheiners bought a lot of their stock. Seedlings are being watched by another friend.

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