Central Arkansas Iris Society
Little Rock, Arkansas - an affiliate of the American Iris Society - Region 22
Over 50 Years of Promoting Iris Culture

CAIS was organized in September 1959 as an affiliate of the American Iris Society (AIS).  We are open to everyone who shares our goals: spreading knowledge about growing all kinds of irises, encouraging research, improving the quality of irises grown in our area, exchanging ideas, and helping novices who are starting to grow our favorite flowering plants.

The Society meets monthly (unless otherwise announced) at 2:00 PM in the auditorium of Hillcrest Hall, 1501 Kavanaugh Boulevard in Little Rock, at the intersection of Kavanaugh and Lee Avenue.  Each month’s meeting features an educational program on a topic related to iris culture.

The two main events for the Society are our annual Iris Show in the Spring and the annual Iris Rhizome Sale in the Fall.  Both events are open to the general public.  The Iris Show is officially sanctioned by the American Iris Society and judged by accredited AIS judges who award each entry according to its individual merits.  The annual Iris Rhizome Sale is held each year at the appropriate planting time for irises in Arkansas, usually late August or early September.  At the sale the Society offers hundreds of healthy rhizomes at a fraction of their retail value.  Most are from the awarded irises cultivated in our State Capitol Beds and others are grown and donated by our active members.

CAIS maintains a library of reference books, basic culture booklets and related videos.  We also  publish a quarterly newsletter and an annual Yearbook with a membership roster, directory, scheduled programs and events.


You can keep abreast of the Society's activities and communicate directly with other members and friends on our CAIS Facebook page.  There you'll find great photos taken by our members, both at the State Capitol Beds and in their own gardens.  Take a look at our Facebook page and "LIKE" us by simply clicking on the "CAIS on Facebook" link at the left, then click "Like" once you access our page.  Our members look forward to sharing their love for irises with you.

We encourage our members to join the American Iris Society (AIS) which produces many other excellent references, such as the quarterly bulletin, Irises.  For more information about the American Iris Society and AIS membership simply click the appropriate link at the left.

We invite you to join us today!  CAIS membership is very affordable.  Annual dues are only $10.00 per person payable by October 1st.  As a member your responsibilities can be as much or as little as you want to make them as you choose to participate in the society’s meetings and activities.  To join or for more information about membership please contact us by clicking on the “Contact Us” link at the left.
As featured in our State Capitol Beds! "Strange Brew" Schreiner 2002