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

Crape Myrtle – Lagerstroemia indica

Crape myrtles are among the most striking plants for our area. Often times referred to as the “Lilac of the South.” Showy summer flowers, attractive bark, and (in many cases) brilliant fall color make them year-round garden performers. Long, cool autumns yield the best leaf display. Crape Myrtle is a native of China. It is a member of loose-strife family, Lythraceae. Small round dark green leaves turn yellow, orange, red, lavender, purple-red. Modern cultivars come in a variety of sizes. Tall, over 15 feet, Medium, 8-15 feet, semi-dwarf 3 to 8 feet, dwarf, less than 5 feet and Miniature crape myrtles, (18-24 inches) which were developed by horticulturist David Chopin who holds a BA and MS from LSU, Baton Rouge. The crape myrtle was the official flower of the 1984 World’s Fair in New Orleans. This long-lived plant has been grown in New Orleans since before 1837. Most crape myrtles in gardens are selections of L. indica or hybrids of that species with L. fauriei. The latter species has attracted much notice for its hardiness and exceptionally showy bark. Queen’s crepe myrtle, L. speciosa, grows only in the Tropical South. Read more

“Let it Rain:
Living with Water in our Louisiana Landscapes”

Winter Garden Symposium presented by MGGNO and LSU AgCenter

See more photos from the Let It Rain Symposium on our Facebook page

MGGNO Receives Grant

MGGNO Federal City Community Garden Project recently received a grant from the 2017 New Orleans Hash House Harriers Red Dress Run. Here are Miranda, Charlotte and Suzanne at the awards banquet.

Spring Garden Show 2017

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

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