Welcome to the independent website of the Master Gardeners of Greater New Orleans! This site is intended to provide our members and the general public with up-to-date information on our organization including educational and gardening activities, volunteer opportunities in and around town, and the latest news of MGGNO.   General information about the Louisiana Master Gardener program, horticultural publications and more can be found at lsuagcenter.com and in this brief article by Miles Brashier, Louisiana Master Gardener Coordinator4.

Our Mission

To increase the public’s love for and knowledge of gardening and responsible stewardship of the environment.

Serving Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines and St. Bernard parishes, the Master Gardeners of Greater New Orleans strives to aid  the LSU AgCenter to meet the educational needs of home gardeners in our community while providing enjoyable, worthwhile service experience for our members.

Gardening Tips

Codiaeum variegatum

Codiaeum variegatum is commonly known as Croton or variegated Croton. You may see this plant everywhere this time of year. We see them in summer months also but they offer bold color that is especially noticed and suitable for fall decor. The foliage is where the show comes from with combinations of yellow, orange, red and green coloring. The foliage is deeply veined and comes in various sizes and shapes depending on the cultivar. It has inconspicuous flowers and often times we don’t notice or think about the flowers at all. Croton is a tropical evergreen.

Croton is a member of the Euphorbiacea or spurge family. Some Croton have medicinal uses such as Croton tiglium oil. The Chinese have used it to heal legions and treat severe constipation. Native people of the Amazon use Croton lechleri as a liquid bandage and other purposed by the natives. Cascarilla (Croton eluteria) bark is a flavoring in the liquor Campari and Vermouth. Croton nuts from Croton megalocarpus are used as a source of biofuel. Read more

Class of 2019 designed and staffed the MGGNO Education Booth at the 2019 NOBG Fall Garden Festival. Pictured above in the “Pollinators in the Garden” booth are co-chairs Sara Nehrbass and Nicole Tygier.

MGGNO Education Booth at the 2019 NOBG Spring Garden Show received the Best in Show Award at the event.  Colleen Wood is pictured above in the award-winning “Patio Kitchen Garden” booth.