noon - 4 pm April 1, 2012


The bloom of the Louisiana iris may last only a few weeks, but it makes up for the brief duration in its stunning display. Join NOMA as we celebrate the beautiful bloom of our Louisiana irises in the ambient Besthoff Sculpture Garden with the annual Louisiana Iris Rainbow Festival, held on Sunday, April 1, from noon – 4 p.m. Whether you’re a seasoned gardener, just planting your first bulb, or if you just want to spend a relaxing day in the Garden among radiant flowers, this free event is for you.

The festival will include musical entertainment by Cindy Scott and Eduardo Tozzato, gourmet sliders and pomme frites from the SliderShak food truck, and family art-making activities provided by NOMA’s Department of Interpretation and Audience Engagement. Visitors can also catch informative discussions and gardening demonstrations.

Eileen Hollander, Vice-President of the Greater New Orleans Iris Society (GNOIS) and Master Gardener of Greater New Orleans, will speak on three topics: “The Legend of the Fleur de Lis,” “How to Distinguish Louisiana Irises from the Imitators/Impersonators,” and “How to Grow Louisiana Irises.”

Joe Musacchia will lead a walk through the Garden to demonstrate how to identify good Louisiana irises in a garden setting.

Patrick O’Connor, President of the GNOIS and owner of the Zydeco Louisiana Iris Garden will also be available for questions.

This year the festival will occur near the end of the irises’ bloom, so if you stop by the Garden before the big celebration you can see them as well.

For more information, contact Pamela Buckman at (504) 658-4153.