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 René Schmit, 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

Ilex vomitoria ‘pendula’

Hollies for the New Orleans Garden

It is almost impossible to not notice the hollies around town as they have been putting on a show this winter. While the colorful red, sometimes orange berries are what we are noticing this time of year. Most have inconspicuous white flowers which bloom in Spring. Hollies can be used for multiple purposes in the landscape. Hollies are evergreen (occasionally deciduous) and come in a variety of sizes and shapes. There are Japanese/Chinese varieties and native varieties. Hollies can be used as specimen plantings for hedges, borders and ground cover. Most grow well in full sun to partial shade. Generally plant November through March. Fertilize in late winter with a balanced Fertilizer. A few popular recommendations include but are not limited to the following.
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Winter Symposium January 17, 2015

“Shaping the Southern Landscape …
Treasured Ornamentals & Designs from Around the World”

MLK Day 2015

From Recirculating Farms Coalition: The Growing Local NOLA community garden in New Orleans had a great MLK Day of Service on January 19, 2015! 45 undergrads and professors joined us from an array of local colleges: Xavier, Dillard, Tulane, and Loyola for a cool, sunny day of fun and productivity. We built compost bins, sorted and planted seeds, painted and more! Big thanks to everyone who participated – special kudos to our LA Master Gardener Debra Surtain for organizing the event, Rev. Sally Wright from Presbyterian Church USA and our NOLA team who worked hard on their day off!

Our Recent Trip to Avery Island

Read MG Calla Victoria’s post about the trip.

Our own LMG Roma Gibson-King is featured in Dave McNamara’s feature on the Monarchs with her kids at St Agnes. Great job Roma!!!

Keep up with Greater New Orleans gardening tips, techniques, and events

County Agent’s Tip of the Month

Click here to read the latest tip from our County Agent.

Master Gardeners, Log In Your Hours:

Instructions for Logging Hours (pdf)