2017 SLI Convention

                                                          SLI LOGO NO WORDS


 DALLAS, TEXAS           APRIL 20-22, 2017

  Hosted by The Iris Society of Dallas


last updated 8/3/2016 

                                            QUICK LINKS:  Registration Form
                                                                          Tentative Meeting Schedule
                                                                                                          Louisiana Iris Show Schedule (link not active yet)
                                                                                                         Crowne Plaza Hotel    


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Featuring Award-Winning Irises at Six Fabulous Gardens in Dallas and in North Texas:

• Nichol's Northaven Garden

• Dell Perry Garden

• Mike and Mary Ellen Reed Garden

• Bobbie Mason Garden

• Nichol's Mesquite Garden

• Ed Stegemoller Garden



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The Crowne Plaza Hotel & Resort
14315 Midway Road
Addison, Texas 75001 USA

Tel. 972-980-8877; Fax 972-788-2758



         RESERVATIONS:     1-800-377-9778 
                                       Room Rate: $109.00 plus taxes (1 to 4 people/room) 
                                       Ask for the "ISL" Room Rate
                                           (that is "I" as in Iris, "S" as in Society, and "L" as in Louisiana

         PARKING:  Parking at the hotel is $5/day - Self Park.

          SHUTTLE SERVICE:  The hotel does NOT offer shuttle transportation between the hotel and
                                            either of the DWF area airports.
Shuttle service is available thru private shuttle services. Please print
                                            out a map before you arrive and be sure the driver is taking a
straightforward route. You might tell him you have a map if he needs it.

                                            Flights into Love Field are recommended as it is closer 

                                             Dallas Love Field Airport (DAL)      Distance: 12.0 Miles northwest to Hotel.
                                            DFW International Airport (DFW)    Distance: 17.0 Miles northeast to Hotel.

                                            The hotel does have shuttle service to the Galleria Shopping Center.

           GENERAL DIRECTIONS:    From I-635 (LBJ Freeway) take the Midway Road exit;
                                                       At the stoplight, go North on Midway.
                                                       Pass through the light at Spring Valley Road.
                                                       Hotel located on left hand side of Midway.



       Convention Dates:    April 20 - 22, 2017

       Location:                   Dallas, Texas (hotel is in Addison)

       Registration is ala carte, pick and chose what you would like to attend, each is priced individually.

      The  Full Registration Fee of $215.00 includes:

  • Bus Transportation to the tour gardens
  • Lunch at the gardens
  • Louisiana Iris Flower Show
  • Judges Training
  • Welcome Dinner with Hybridizers' Slide Show of new cultivars
  • Awards Banquet
  • Iris Auction
  • Plant Giveaways

       Please note that Registration Fee does NOT include hotel accommodations.

      Download the REGISTRATION FORM:      SLI Registration Form


Click on any of the following links for more information:

Farmers Branch Historical Park
Farmers Branch Rose Gardens
Dallas Arboretum
Texas Discovery Gardens
Galleria Shopping Center
North Park Shopping Center
Museum of Biblical Arts
Brookhaven Country Club Golf Course
Dallas Area Golf Courses
Texas Rangers Ballpark
Dallas Cowboys Football Stadium
The Dallas Stars
The Dallas Mavericks
Six Flags Over Texas
Hurricane Harbor Water Park
Southfork Ranch
Dallas Zoo
Dallas World Aquarium
Frontiers Of Flight Museum
Cavanaugh Flight Museum
American Railroad Museums in Texas 


 This area under construction


          Chairman - Bonnie Nichols            Registrar - Dell Perry
                              214-352-2191                                 972-816-3418
                              bjnhtn@aol.com                               seandelirises@yahoo.com


                   Nichols Northaven Garden      A journey to far northwest Dallas will find the home garden of
                                                                     Hooker and Bonnie Nichols. The beautifully landscaped garden
                                                                     uses most of the lot to grow over 1,200 bearded and beardless
                                                                     irises, daylilies, roses, and various other types of flowers.
                                                                     Here you can evaluate the reselected Louisiana seedlings
                                                                     hybridized by Hooker Nichols. Through tried and true growing
                                                                     methods, the Nichols' have successfully bloomed nearly 100%
                                                                     of their annual Louisiana seedling crop.

                       Nichols garden pic


                    Bobbie Mason Garden   The gardens of Robert and Bobbie Mason in Red Oak have every
                                                             square inch adorned with blooming plants, bushes, and trees. The
                                                             Louisiana's have been carefully planted in every form of galvanized
                        container from a Cowboy Bathtub to Mop Buckets.  They have many
                                                             Tall Bearded Iris varieties that are very old, and some of  Marie
                                                             Caillet's Louisiana favorites.

                         Mason Garden pic 


                   Dell Perry Garden      Dell and her son Seann started Seandel Iris Gardens in Plano during
                                                       the early 1990's.  Dell has over 1,500  varieties of median, tall, and
                                                       arilbred bearded, Louisiana, Spuria, and species Iris growing on her
                                                       corner city lot, even a couple Japanese.  Her love for irises started in
                                                       Connecticut, when at age 6, she saw some cast-offs growing along a stream,
                                                       dug them up, and took them home.  Her garden is an Aril Society International
                                                       and a Median Iris Society Display Garden.

                         perry garden pic


                   Mike Reed Garden         Mary Ellen and Michael Reed have a garden full of Louisiana iris along with many
                                                         bearded iris, daylilies, and a variety of other annuals, perennials, and bulbs.  There are
                                                         hundreds of iris cultivars from over 100 different hybridizers.  The variety of Louisiana iris
                                                         spans the years from 1943 to 2016 and includes some seedlings and some that will be
                                                         released next year.  Several DeBaillon medal winners are spread throughout the garden. 
                                                         There are also many Texas native plants scattered through the landscape.  There are paths
                                                         and flagstone walks that lead visitors to discover the many planted areas throughout the
                                                         garden.  There are water features and garden art dotted throughout the landscaped lot. 
                                                         Mature native Texas Pecans provide shaded areas for relaxing or for strolling between the
                                                         beds.  There is a large covered patio that visitors can use to relax and enjoy view of the
                                                         yard that spreads out to the Brookhaven Championship golf course.   

                                                    Reed garden picture.jpg


                   Nichol's Mesquite Garden  Nestled in southeast Dallas County in Mesquite, this is the commercial
                                                         part of the gardens owned by Hooker & Bonnie J. Nichols.  

                                                  nichols mesquite pic


                    Ed Stegemoller  Garden    Garden information coming soon.                                                    

                                                 Stegemoller Garden2.jpg




For the tentative schedule, click this link: Tentative Schedule


There will be a Louisiana iris show in conjunction with the Convention.

Everyone is welcome to enter.  Entries are restricted to Louisiana iris species and hybrids.
Click here for the Show Schedule. (Link not active yet)