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 René Schmit, Louisiana Master Gardener Coordinator4.
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.
Louisiana Iris Hybrid
Louisiana Iris or Swamp Iris
Native species are Iris brevicaulis, Iris fulva, Iris giganticaerulea, Iris hexagona, Iris nelsonii. These species do not cross with other groups and are known as “The Louisianas”. They bloom March through May and look great in clumps with other perennials.
Louisiana Iris come in a wide range of colors with strap-like leaves of up to three feet long and 1 to 1 and 1/2 inches wide in a fan-like shape from the base. Foliage can be soft with arching leaves or stiff upright leaves. Flower colors are blue, purple, rust red, white and yellow. Irises produce four to ten flowers per plant. The flowers are on zigzag stems. They range from two to eight inches and consist of six petals.
Some photos from our 2014 Winter Symposium
County Agent’s Tip of the Month
Click here to read the latest tip from our County Agent.
Check out Orleans Parish Horticulture Cooperative Extension Agent Andrew Loyd’s blog “The Crescent City’s Green Thumb” at: http://orleanshort.blogspot.com