There's no other city quite like New Orleans. Its long history and diverse cultural influences have created a unique blend that is reflected in the music, the food, the architecture and the celebrations such as Mardi Gras.
The 2018 AIS and SLI Convention will offer its visitors several tours of outstanding public gardens in New Orleans, on the Northshore of Lake Pontchartrain and in Baton Rouge — they all boast beautiful collections of Louisiana irises, of course, but with much more to see.
In New Orleans, the principal stops will be the Museum of Art's Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden in City Park, and Longue Vue House and Gardens. The GNOIS Display Garden with around 120 cultivars and many convention guest irises is located within the Sculpture Garden.
While in the city, we will steal away to take a brief spin through the work area that houses most of the irises that are part of SLI's Louisiana Iris Species Preservation Project. This is not a
manicured site, but it will offer a unique opportunity to see our native irises as they were once found in the wild.
A 24 mile trip on the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway will lead to dry land only a few miles from Madisonville and Gary and Leigh Anne Salathe's "A Louisiana Pond." The Pond, which has it's own Facebook page, is a subdivision detention pond turned by Gary into a place to showcase Louisiana irises, other native plants and a habitat for whatever wildlife happens by.
Baton Rouge offers two great tour stops, the Baton Rouge Botanic Garden and the Burden Museum and Gardens. The Botanic Garden will focus on the irises, with both guest plants and other cultivars. Burden is a multi-purpose 440 acre LSU facility that includes formal gardens, an arboretum and swamp, ponds, and the unique Rural Life Museum.
The American Iris Society
The Society for Louisiana Irises
Greater New Orleans Iris Society
NEW ORLEANS 2018!