Dedicated to the Louisiana Iris

2021 GNOIS Calendar

Cancelled (for now)

The Open Garden scheduled for today (04/13) is cancelled because of the rain. The forecast for the remainder of the week is not encourging, but we will be looking for a time to reschedule before the bloom is finished. It may be a pop-up event on short notice if a window of good weather opens. Check here, and we will email GNOIS members when we can get something scheduled. The iris bloom is excellent, but the rain beats up the flowers badly. More will be coming for the next week or so. Keep your fingers cross and your boots handy.

Thursday, April1, 4-7 PM Louisiana Iris Day at Longue Vue
Saturday, April 3 Open House at the Island Iris Nursery, City Park, time TBA
Saturday, September 18 General Membership Meeting, Island Iris Nursery, time TBA
Saturday, October 23 General Membership Meeting, Island Iris Nursery, time TBA
Saturday, Novermber 13 General Membership Meeting, Island Iris Nursery, time TBA

All events subject to conditions with COVID at the time


volunteer days

The next Volunteer day at the Island Iris Nursery in City Park is this Saturday morning, March 13 from around 9 AM till 11:30 AM. We'l be getting spiffed up for the Open House on April 3 and other iris viewings, the times depending on bloom.

Click here for directions.





New article by Charles Perilloux on the Louisiana Iris Species Preservation Project

fleur flag

Click the flag to download the pdf file (with lots of beautiful pictures)





Fleur Cover Summer 2018
GNOIS members are automatically "emembers" of the Society for Louisiana Irises and are provided access to an electronic version of the SLI quarterly journal Fleur de Lis.  Members will receive an email each quarter when a new issue is available for download.  Make sure that your GNOIS membership is up-to-date.  To join or renew for 2020, click the Membership link above.


Spring bloom great, but virus hampered eventsdivider

The Sculpture Garden and the N.O. Botanical Garden were closed. The irises blooming in the wild were still accessible at places like the Town of Jean Lafitte's Boardwalk, the Northlake Nature Center, and many other spots.

The GNOIS planting in City Park, a working space, was gorgeous. Pictures from the season are frequently posted on Facebook. Follow the GNOIS page to see them and for timely information on activities and other information.

Our spring iris sale was cancelled due to the virus, but plans are being made to hold the sale soon.

Look for details here and on Facebook.

images from island

GNOIS planting in City Park

Dark Dude

Ron Betzer's 'Dark Dude', winner of 2020 Mary Swords Debaillon Medal

Many more pictures from the 2020 bloom are posted on the GNOIS Facebook page.


bayou and marsh

Click for the latest issue.


Louisiana Irises and Hippos. What? Click and see.


need adviceLittle Bogsseed germinationinterview with proFertilizer


The sale is history, and it was a great success. We are leaving the ad up for now, because clicking on it will take you to pdf files of images of all the sale irises. If you have not seen these irises, you may enjoy downloading the pictures while they are still available. Most will be offered in future sales, but many new ones will be sold also. Stay tuned.

sale ad


Our volunteers

our volunteers

Our customers



Potted irises for sals



Laura and Sale Chair Lorrie

laura and lorrie


GNOIS on Facebook



GNOIS is an affilate of the American Iris Society and the Society for Louisiana Irises.  It is an IRS 501(c)(3) recognized Non-profit Corporation, domiciled in Louisiana, EIN: 81-4904331