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

Cajun Delight Okra


Okra is a relative of hollyhock and hibiscus. It is a plant of the tropical and warm climates that produces edible green seed pods. Its’ scientific name is Abelmoschus esculentus and also Hibiscus esculentus. In various parts of the world, it is known as Okra, Ochro, Okoro, Quimgombo, Quingumbo, Ladies Fingers, Gombo, Kopi Arab, Kacang Bendi, Bhindi (S. Asia), Bendi (Malaysia), Bamia, Bamya or Bamieh (middle east) or Gumbo (Southern USA). Gumbo means okra in Swahili.

Okra is found in its wild or natural state on the alluvial banks of the Nile. The Egyptians were the first to cultivate it in the basin of the Nile (12th century BC). It was propagated then through North Africa to the Mediterranean, the Balkans, and India. It arrived in the Americas brought by slaves at Brazil (1658), Dutch Guinea and at New Orleans before extending in the United States and going up to Philadelphia in 1781. In Louisiana, the Créoles learned from slaves the use of okra (gumbo) to thicken soups, and it is now an essential in Créole Gumbo and Southern cuisine. Read more



Cindy, Gwen and Karen

Cindy, Gwen and Karen


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