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

Window Box 101

Flower boxes or Window boxes have a history beginning in Europe and making its way to America with early settlers. Terra Cotta planter boxes date back to the Romans with use in cottage gardens for food, medicine and religious uses and finally window boxes were used for flowers. Historically window boxes were made out of iron hay frames, wrought iron, wood and terra cotta.

Window boxes are attached to the window sill or just below a window attached to the wall. Brackets are used for support on the wall below or window boxes can be bolted to a wall. Window boxes should not touch the wall to allow water/soil to fall behind and drain away from the wall. Window boxes are often accessed from indoors and used by people who don’t have access to a yard, live on upper floors or have access only from a balcony.
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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)

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