The Society for Louisiana Irises can trace its history back to 1941, when a small group of dedicated South Louisiana growers and collectors came together with the intention of preserving and promoting interest in this beautiful native plant. One of their main objectives was to bring attention to these beautiful flowers.
Although the real workers in the Society were few during the early years, an ambitious course was set. Annual meetings...collecting trips to the swamps, and elaborately staged shows were held. As these meetings continued, many innovations were started, such as a the arrangement with AIS for a top award for Louisiana irises. A milestone was reached in 1993 when the Society for Louisiana Irises became a Cooperating Society of the American Iris Society. In 2012 The Society for Louisiana Irises became a section of the American Iris Society. As a section of the AIS, SLI continues to be an independant organization that falls under the umbrella of AIS with IRS nonprofit status.
Decades later, SLI continues its mission to promote the use of Louisiana irises as a gardening resource through conservation of species and worthy hybrids, cooperation with other organizations of similar interests, and education by means of its publications, annual conventions, iris shows and website. Today, the Society for Louisiana Irises is a valuable resource for growers, hybridizers and enthusiasts throughout the world.
I. giganticaerulea growing in a roadside ditch