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

Aster Hybrid

Autumn Asters

There are several native species of aster in Louisiana but the asters that bloom in Autumn usually catch my eye. Aster is a member of the Asteracea or Compositae family. This family consists of a large number of flowering plants but my focus will be on the small flowered plants that bloom in the Fall, known as the Autumn aster. Autumn aster, Aster oblongifolius has lavender flowers with yellow centers.

The aster plant forms mounds of leafy stems 2-3 feet tall and wide. Aster plants are slightly woody at the base. The Flower structure consists of a yellow center surrounded by petals in a radius from the center, like the sun. Thus, sunflowers and coneflowers are only a few of the flowers in the same family. Flowers appear in Fall usually October in our area and sometimes last up until frost. Most asters are perennial but some are annual or biennial. For longer flowering and bushier plants, pinch plants back 6-8 inches in Summer. The flowers of the aster are generally small and usually form a mass which hides the leaves when in bloom. Aster flowers may be lavender, blue, white, pink or variations in between with yellow centers but never yellow outer petals. Read more

Spring Garden Show 2017

Many Happy Volunteers + Many Happy Visitors this year = MANY GREAT PLANT SALES! Thanks to Everyone!

An overwhelming response for the … 2017 Winter Symposium!”

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!

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