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

Bald cypress with “knees” near pond

Bald Cypress – Taxodium distichum

Taxodium distichum is the scientific name for Bald cypress. Bald cypress is a native southeastern species. It is the Louisiana state tree since 1963 and is a deciduous conifer in the family Cupressaceae that grows on saturated and seasonally inundated soils in the lowlands of the Southeastern and Gulf Coastal Plains and up the coastal plain to the mid-Atlantic states of the United States.

Although many conifers are evergreen, bald cypress trees are deciduous conifers that shed their needlelike leaves in the Fall. They get their name “bald” cypress because they drop their leaves early in the season. Before they drop their leaves, they provide us with emerald green color in Spring and Summer, in Fall colors of tan/yellow, cinnamon, and fiery orange can be eye catching. The bark is brown or gray with a stringy texture. Young trees are pyramid-shaped, but they become a more irregular columnar shape in adulthood. The branches are often draped with clumps of Spanish moss. Read more

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