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 the third Sunday of each month (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.
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, or posts from other commercial farms or affiliates of the AIS. Take a look at our Facebook page and and be sure to "LIKE" us. 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 under Helpful Links.
We invite you to join us today! CAIS membership is very affordable. Annual dues are only $10.00 per person for one year or $25 for three years per household of up to two individuals. Dues are payable by November 30 for the upcoming year. As a member, your responsibilities can be as much or as little as you want to make them. However, we strongly encourage all members to regularly come to month meetings and participate in club events. To join or for more information about membership please contact us in the section below .