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

Selection of purple berried American beautyberry from SE Louisiana (Photo by Dr. Allen Owings)

Callicarpa Americana

Callicarpa americana, is also known as American beautyberry or French Mulberry. It is a native plant to southeastern United States. French mulberry or American beautyberry is a member of the Verbena family. Known for its’ colorful berries, American beautyberry has clusters of pink flowers which are inconspicuous and bloom in late summer followed by clusters of magenta berries. Bees are attracted to the flowers and birds eat the berries in fall. This plant is a deciduous shrub with coarse textured leaves. The stems may die to the ground in cold winters. It can be found growing wild and is hardy to zone 7. This moderately fast grower reaches to 5 feet or more. It is a mounding but irregular loose branched shrub and is short lived of less than 10 years. Read more

2016 Fall Garden Show – our NEW LMG/MGGNO BOOTH

With “Plants from the Dark Side”, LMG merchandise, to Butterfly garden tours – Thank you to so many volunteers who came out for this three day October event!

Advanced LMG group picture from the recent 2016 LMG State Conference held in New Orleans

We were delighted to honor all of our Graduates with dinner and graduation at the Conference, and particularly, our very own LMG/MGGNO Members: Joe Baucum, Daphne Ferdinand, Jerry Hayes, Eileen Hollander, and Cindy Metcalf.

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