Welcome!

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

Blue Evergreen Hydrangea –
Dichroa febrifuga

Dichroa febrifuga is commonly called blue evergreen hydrangea or Chinese quinine. It is a member of the Hydrangeaceae family. It is a compact, rounded, tropical, hydrangea-like, evergreen shrub which grows to 3-7 feet tall spreading to 5 feet wide preferably in part shade. It is native from Nepal to China. The leaves are glossy dark green tooth-like, pointed-elliptic (to 4-8 inches long and to 3 inches wide). The plant is attractive year-round. Blooms are five-petaled, bi-color flowers that are reminiscent of hydrangea and blooms from June-July in terminal inflorescences of 3-6 inches in diameter. Flower buds are white. Petal outsides are also white, the insides are blue. Flowers are followed by round, bluish purple berries (1/3 inch in diameter) which mature in late summer. The berries are considered to be the best ornamental feature of this shrub even though they can be hidden by the foliage. The stunning berries sometimes have a neon/iridescent look and usually remain on the plant into winter. 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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