Western Louisiana Travelog: Scenes from the 2003
Louisiana Iris Convention


Louisiana Nursery entrance
The entrance to Louisiana Nursery in Opelousas
The louisiana iris are grown in irrigated black plastic half-barrels
The louisiana iris are grown in irrigated black plastic half-barrels
The2003 Society for Louisiana Irises Annual Meeting featured a bus trip to gardens in western Louisiana, well inland, near the border with Texas. First stop along the way was Lousiana Nursey, growers of daylilies and rare choice perennials. Unlike most of the nursery (top left) the water loving Lousiana iris were grown in pots, and thousands of pots were massed together (top right). In bloom were older cultivars of enduring quality (clockwise) like BLACK WIDOW and great newer introductions like Ron Betzer's HONEY GALORE and Dormon Haymon's regal LONGUE VUE. Black Widow
Black Widow
Longue Vue
Longue Vue
Honey Galore
Honey Galore
Anaya/Wells Garden
A view of the Anaya/Wells Garden
The home of Larry Anaya and Julian Wells
The home of Larry Anaya and Julian Wells
The bus drove an hour north to Alexandria then another hour west toward the giant reservoirs located near the Texas border. The landscape changed from open to pineywoods. The bus went miles down dirt roads through cleared land and finally down a long driveway to a peninsula on the edge of a lake (top left). The beautiful home of Julian Wells and Larry Anaya is located on high ground in the center of the peninsula. Along the lake the conventioneers examined the iris beds which stretched away toward a tiny island accessible by a foot bridge. Iris in bloom included (continuing clockwise) Heather Pryor's aptly named contrasting bicolor PEACHES IN WINE and Charles Arny's timeless 1979 pastel bicolor introduction EASTERTIDE Conventioneers visiting the guest iris beds
Visiitng the iris beds
Eastertide
Eastertide
Peaches in Wine
Peaches in Wine
Iris growing alongside a shed, Copenhaver Garden
Iris growing alongside the pottery shed at the Copenhaver Garden
More louisiana iris by the pottery shed
Louisiana iris by the pottery shed.
The bus trip continued south through farmland, small towns, past a parade down a Main Street in one town, before reachin the larger "paper mill town" of DeRidder. A turn off the main highway took us to the Copenhaver Garden, a farm that has over decades been converted into paradise for Louisiana Iris, daylilies, bamboo, and many other perennials. Louisiana Iris naturalize alongside a barn which is now a working ceramics studio (top left) and extend around a closeby pond (top right) Walkways through the property lead to other ponds (right). Louisiana iris are planted alongside the paths in clearings that receive sufficient sun. As we boarded the bus to leave, a neighbor stopped his truck and told all of us that we should plan to return in a few weeks when the daylilies are in bloom. Louisiana iris growing alongside one of the many ponds.
Louisiana iris growing alongside one of the many ponds.
A sunny yellow louisiana iris
A sunny yellow louisiana iris
Louisiana iris
A naturalized louisiana iris planting


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