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

Bamboo (Bambusa glaucescens)

When I think of bamboo, my mind immediately goes to a peaceful, Zen garden. As far back as 7,000 years, bamboo was use by the Chinese for food, clothing, housing, transportation, music instruments and weapons. Even today we are using bamboo for flooring, fabric, fencing and in other ways as it grows fast, is sustainable as it regrows. Bamboo it is a member of the grass family. Of course, it is taller and broader than the average grass we grow in our lawns. We know that the panda depends on the leaves of bamboo for its’ diet. According to Charlotte Seidenbergs’ book, ‘The New Orleans Garden’, the owners of Avery Island introduced many Oriental varieties of bamboo to Southwest Louisiana back in the early 1900s. Read more

Class of 2019 designed and staffed the MGGNO Education Booth at the 2019 NOBG Fall Garden Festival. Pictured above in the “Pollinators in the Garden” booth are co-chairs Sara Nehrbass and Nicole Tygier.

MGGNO Education Booth at the 2019 NOBG Spring Garden Show received the Best in Show Award at the event.  Colleen Wood is pictured above in the award-winning “Patio Kitchen Garden” booth.