Central Arkansas Iris Society
Little Rock, Arkansas - an affiliate of the American Iris Society - Region 22
The Central Arkansas Iris Society has the privilege of sharing its love for irises with the citizens of Arkansas by maintaining four large iris beds located on the South end of the grounds of the Arkansas State Capitol Complex.  The beds are home to approximately 175 different varieties of bearded irises.

The purpose of the beds is not only to educate the public about the wide variety of beautiful iris hybrids available today, but also to share them with the public at our primary fund-raiser, the annual rhizome sale.  (Click on "Events" to see when the next sale is scheduled.)

The beds contain award-winning hybrids introduced by breeders all over the United States and the world, the majority of which have been produced in the last ten years.  This serves as a form of research in that CAIS members can "test" introductions from other climates to evaluate their suitability for growing here in the Zone 7 gardens of Central Arkansas.

Each year a certain number of the most sought-after new introductions are placed in the beds in order to give Arkansas residents and CAIS members the opportunity to purchase these pricey gems at more affordable prices as they give increase in the beds.


We invite you to visit our beds any time, but especially during the blooming season from April to mid-May.  Stroll through the beds to enjoy the beautiful blooms and pick out your favorites.  Don't forget to write down their names.  Odds are that they will be available for purchase at our next Rhizome Sale!
Above: The CAIS iris beds located on the grounds of the Arkansas State Capitol Complex,
with some 200 awarded hybrids.  Bloom season begins in April and extends through mid-May.
Left:  As featured in our beds!
"Decadence" Blyth 2004