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

Mailbox Gardening

The mailbox does not have to be dull. It is one of the first things seen in front of the home. Whether a wall mounted mail slot or post mailbox, I say give it pizzazz.

In 1867 the postal service began to deliver mail directly to houses. In 1891, Philip B. Downing, an African American inventor patented the street letter drop mailbox with a hinged door that closed to protect the mail. It was metal with 4 legs. The post mounted boxes became popular to save the mail carrier time from walking back and forth to houses. The tunnel style mailbox was designed in 1915 by a postal engineer, Roy J. Joroleman. The flag was added so the mailman would raise the flag to alert that there was mail delivered. Later and still today we raise the flag when we have outgoing mail to make sure the carrier stops to retrieve it. Read more

For More Gardening Tips

Keep up with Greater New Orleans gardening tips, techniques, and events with the GNO Gardening Newsletter and GNO Gardening on Facebook
(You may find past issues here)

MGGNO Education Booth at the 2019 NOBG Spring Garden Show received the Best in Show Award at the event.

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