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.
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.
Blue is the New Black
It is the insects and other pollinators such as moths, for whom flower colors really exist and not for us. Pollination, and fruit production, is the main purpose of most flowers. The color we see in flowers is actually the result of reflected light from various plant pigments.
There is no true blue pigment in plants. Blue is even more rare in foliage than it is in flowers. The key ingredients for making blue flowers are the red anthocyanin pigments. Plants modify the red anthocyanin pigments to make blue flowers. This is done through a variety of modifications involving pH shifts and mixing of pigments, molecules and ions. These complicated alterations, combined with reflected light are the colors we see. Read more
FALL GARDEN SHOW 2015
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