Next Meeting

The next GNOIS General Membership meeting will be held on Saturday morning, August 30 from 10 AM till noon in the Whim House at Longue Vue.  The program and other details will be posted soon and email will be sent out.  Mark your calendars!

Third Tuesdays in the Sculpture Garden

Next date: June 17, 9:00 AM - Noon in the Master Gardeners Super Plant Garden and in the Louisiana Iris Display Garden in the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden

At each of the Third Tuesday Sessions, there will be some cultural demonstration and a few take-homes irises for those who help.  There are always experienced Louisiana iris growers present if you want to ask questions of just chat about the irises.

GNOIS Members Working at Third Tuesday

GNOIS Members Benny Trahan, Roland Guidry and Linda Trahan working in the Guest Iris beds in the Sculpture Garden on the workday in May.

Show and Convention Pictures

Pictures from the April Louisiana Iris Show and the Society for Louisiana Irises Convention will be posted in the near future. Please check back. 

If you have good pictures of your spring iris bloom and want to submit them for the website, send them to:

Annual Louisiana Iris Sale October 18

      The Annual Louisiana Iris Sale at Longue Vue will be held on October 18 from 10 AM until Noon.  Watch this site and the Facebook page for more details.  Shortly before the sale, we should have a list of cultivars offered and possibly pictures of each.  And, you can get on our mailing list by joining GNOIS or emailing a request to us at

     The GNOIS sales are a great way to get new irises that are generally not available in commercial nurseries.  Members donate excess plants and many of us grow a wide variety of Louisiana irises.

     For now, take a look at what was offered at the 2013 and at past sales:

List of 2013 Sale Irises          Pictures of 2013 Sale Irises (and others)

Mardi Gras Mambo

The SLI Annual Convention a great success in N.O.

     GNOIS hosted the Society For Louisiana Irises Annual Convention from April 3-5. The combin-ation of convention activities and the Louisiana Iris Rainbow Festival in the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden on April 6 made for a great iris weekend.

     Information on the weekend, including the Iris Show in the Museum of Art is coming soon.

     Click on the convention link to see what was planned.  And come back here or the GNOIS Facebook page for more coverage soon. 

Above: Mardi Gras Mambo, winner of Best Seedling in Show.

GNOIS and St. Paul's in Covington Partner for Campus Beautification and More

    The Greater New Orleans Iris Society is a Service Partner to the Beautification Committee of St. Paul's School in Coving-ton. GNOIS Member Linda Trahan, the Beautification Committee chair, presented the opportunity to GNOIS to help enhance the campus with a wide variety of Louisiana irises that will be prominent among the many varieties of plants added to embellish the already beautiful school grounds. 

     For information, go to the St. Paul's page.

St. Paul's School