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

Native Petunia/Wild Petunia

Native or wild petunias can be found throughout our state with some variations in the leaf and bloom appearance. Wild petunias are really not petunias at all but the blooms look like petunias. Blooms are mostly blue to lavender but may come in white or pink. Native petunias are actually members of the Acanthus family. These are not the Mexican petunia.

Unlike true petunias, they bloom during the hot season when others plants have a hard time keeping up. It is hardy but does not do well in swampy or shady situations. They don’t seem to require any fertilization and I have seen no insect or disease issues. Native petunias are perennials and can be aggressive as the plant self-seeds. When the seeds mature, plants will throw out seeds up to 10 feet. Propagation is by seeds or cuttings. 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
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MGGNO Education Booth at the 2019 NOBG Spring Garden Show received the Best in Show Award at the event.

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