Projects

AgMagic on the River at Docville Farm

AgMagic on the River is a program of the LSU AgCenter that introduces students, grades 3-6 to agriculture in Louisiana. Held at Docville Farms, students walk through exhibits pertaining to entomology, fisheries, forestry, horticulture and much more. The event is free. This project needs volunteers to serve all positions of this week-long event. Please contact Beth Gambel directly for volunteer opportunities.
LSU AgCenter Leader: Anna Timmerman (504) 736-6519 atimmerman@agcenter.lsu.edu
5124 E. St. Bernard Hwy, Violet 70032
May 2017

Algiers Behrman Community Garden

The Algiers Behrman Community Garden (ABC Garden) is a charming little garden on oak lined Opelousas Avenue in New Orlean’s second oldest neighborhood, Historic Algiers Point.

Visitors will find fruit trees and muscadine vines, sugar cane, mirliton, lemongrass borders, a ginger and turmeric patch and lots more in the community spaces. We have a wonderful collection of native plants, many host plants to precious pollinators. Located on our front fence is the Algiers Point Free Lil Pantry…a perfect place to share abundance from the garden! The ABC Garden is in an expansion phase, building additional raised beds that will afford more ergonomically friendly opportunities to gardeners.

Volunteer opportunities include reading for Garden Story Time, collaborating with nearby schools, scheduling educational opportunities, creating signs and/or art installations, assisting with communications and social media, facilitating our Citizen Scientist Kid’s Project, joining our Compost Committee, promoting neighborhood outreach, organizing volunteers and helping with our Pollinator Project, as well as maintenance, propagation and other tasks. All tools are provided. Bring your own gloves, sunscreen, bug spray, water, and snacks.

We look forward to seeing you in the garden! 615 Opelousas Ave. New Orleans, LA 70114
Regular meetings: TBD Please contact Lead Gardener for info.

Audubon Zoo

A small team from the Master Gardener Class of 2008 began this project of helping to maintain and refurbish the Butterfly Circle Garden in Audubon Zoo. Since then, we revisit monthly during the growing season to assist Horticultural Director Diane Weber with various areas of the zoo’s landscape. To be notified of future work dates at the zoo, contact Audubon Zoo Project Leader.
6500 Magazine St. NOLA
Regular meeting: generally 2nd Mondays, starting 9 am in cool months, 8 am in warmer months. Contact project leader before coming!

Butterfly & Hummingbird Gardens at NOBG

These gardens have been maintained by a reliable and knowledgeable group for years – tucked away behind the Lathe House and NOBG Study Center Join the Project Leader and her group to learn and continue this historical garden momentum. For more info contact Butterfly Gardens Project Leader.
Regular meeting: Tuesdays 9 am to noon

Centennial Park Butterfly Garden in Gretna

Directly across from the Gretna Branch Public Library, Centennial Park is a newer Jefferson Parish Library Park. The Centennial Park Butterfly Garden Project, approved in 2018, will install and maintain butterfly host and nectar plants in existing garden beds. Educational signage and self-guided tour materials are planned. Once the flowerbeds are reasonably established and labeled, community outreach to schools and other organizations serving youth will begin. Educational materials, such as butterfly life cycle diagrams, will also be made available at the library. Join this project to garden and also to reach out to young people by contacting the Centennial Park Project Leader.

Regular meetings and work dates are held as needed, several times a year.

Cold Bed Gardens at NOBG

Master Gardeners in conjunction with the LSU Ag Center manage nine cold frame beds at the New Orleans Botanical Gardens for the purpose of producing trial plantings of various edibles. Harvested produce will be used to augment the NOBG culinary kitchen. For more information contact Cold Bed Gardens Project Leader.
Regular meeting: Thursday 9 am to noon

Federal City Community Garden

This Westbank project is located at Federal City on the former Naval Support Activity – New Orleans military base in Algiers. Master Gardeners maintain vegetable and herb demonstration beds, provide hands-on gardening activities and assist the Federal City military families and Westbank residents who participate as growers in the community garden. Bi-Annual Garden Clean Up Days are held in the Spring and the Fall. To volunteer contact the project leader: Federal City Community Garden Project Leader.
Federal City Community Garden – on Guadalcanal St. between Carmick and Savage Streets in Algiers;
Regular meeting: none. You may volunteer at your convenience.

Gretna Farmers Market

In an effort to distribute LSU AgCenter’s horticultural research and general gardening information to the public, MGGNO volunteers take turns manning display tables at the Gretna Farmers Market. Market visitors visit our tables to ask gardening questions and get AgCenter information. This is easy and enjoyable volunteer activity where you can share your gardening knowledge with each other and the public. Contact: Gretna Farmers Market Project Leader
300 blk Huey P. Long Ave. Gretna LA
Regular meeting: 2nd Saturdays, 8:30 am to 12:30 pm. Please contact coordinator before coming!

Kenner Community Garden

This project is a joint venture between Ochsner Kenner, the Vineyard Church of New Orleans, and Rotolo Consultants (RCI). It was established in 2012 and is located behind the medical office building at Ochsner Kenner. The garden consists of 14 raised beds planted with vegetables throughout the year. The community is invited to participate in monthly work days and receives hands-on experience and education planting, assessing, harvesting and maintaining the garden. This project promotes horticulture and improves access to healthy food options through harvests donated to local food banks and other groups. To volunteer contact the project leader Kenner_community_garden_project@mggno.com.
Regular meeting: Second Saturday of the month at 8 am. Please contact the coordinator in advance to confirm the date and time. Days are occasionally added or changed based on project needs.

Lasalle Park

LaSalle Park has been designated as an LSU AgCenter Display Garden and a Louisiana Master Gardener (LMG)/MGGNO Project where LMG/MGGNO members can come to volunteer weekly. Volunteers have been planting a variety of vegetables year-round with educational labels for park visitors. LaSalle Park is a popular place for residents of Metairie and the surrounding areas. It offers a walking path, urban forest nature trail and sports fields.
6600 Airline Drive, Metairie, LA70003
Regular meetings: Wednesday 9 am to noon – Please contact the LaSalle Park Project Manager to verify they are working that day.

Latter Library

The Master Gardeners of Greater New Orleans participates in a coalition of groups that are designing and maintaining the Latter Library grounds. MGGNO is responsible for the oval garden, which is defined by the concrete border of an abandoned fountain. MGGNO has made a 10-year commitment to this area. The current planting is a mixture of annuals and perennials. Plant labels provide an educational component. There is not yet a regular work schedule of Master Gardeners for the oval garden, but weeding is always welcome. Contact project leader for more information: Latter Library Project Leader
5120 St. Charles Ave. NOLA – oval garden
Regular meeting: none; Need volunteers Feb-March to clean up winter damage

Longue Vue House and Gardens

Have a great time and learn a lot while helping a National Historic Landmark! Join fellow St Tammany and Greater New Orleans Master Gardeners in sustaining and maintaining Longue Vue’s historic gardens and/or acting as garden docents. Contact Amy Graham at agraham@longuevue.com for training opportunities.

Walking Garden Guides will walk and engage with children and their chaperones (mostly school groups) through the garden with focus on the Wild Garden (native plants and critters). Groups are maximum 50 students. The kids are super fun, curious, and happy to be in nature!

Stationary Garden Guides will be stationary in a part of the garden and deliver information about that garden to large groups. These groups are 50-300 people, usually from out- of- town. It’s very fast-paced and exciting! This is perfect for a volunteer who prefers to sit down while volunteering.

Volunteer projects in the gardens will include weeding, raking, planting, mulching, pruning, propagation and other diverse horticultural tasks. All tools are provided. Bring your own gloves, sunscreen, bug spray, water, snacks and sense of humor. Contact Dave Maher, fellow Louisiana Master Gardener and Longue Vue’s Lead Garden Volunteer at davemaher51@gmail.com. To learn more about Longue Vue, go to www.longuevue.com. Work Day is every Thursday 8:30 – 12:00.

LA Irises – Multi-Site

– Bestoff Sculpture Garden, NOMA,
– Longue Vue,
– The Island,
– Hammond Research Station.
Volunteers meet on the Third Tuesdays at one of the above sites.
Contact Iris Project Leader for more information.

LA Super Plants/Enabling Garden Project, NOMA

Design, renovate, plant, maintain, and deadhead raised garden by back gate entrance to sculpture garden. Master Gardeners give out information about enabling garden and LA Super Plants. Develop promotional materials and discuss activity with public doing all the above. Master Gardeners also train others and disseminate educational materials. Please contact project leader for details: Super Plants Project Leader.
Regular meeting: Tuesdays 8:30 to noon; New Orleans Museum of Art, 1 Collins Diboll Circle, NOLA

LSU Ag/Delgado Greenhouse

In a joint venture between the LSU Ag Center and Delgado Community College, the Master Gardeners grow out plant starts to support MGGNO projects throughout the area, as well as to supply area school gardens with plants. They will also maintain an outdoor garden area which contains fruit trees, flowers and some native plants. Please contact project leader for details: delgado_greenhouse_project@mggno.com. Work hours are Monday and Thursday from 8 to 11, volunteers needed.

Marais Garden

Garden on Marais is an agricultural gathering space that provides educational opportunities and facilitates access to nutrient-rich foods. Elan Ministries Inc, neighbors, and friends began building this space in 2010. Today the property hosts a rain water catchment system, a hoop house for seed starting, a brood of hens, big and little humans, and lots of happy plants!

Saturday mornings we host a 4H club. Through our 4-H Club we are engaging and educating the children and youth of the greater New Orleans community in the scope of health, urban gardening, and stewardship.

Volunteers help with garden maintenance, seasonal planning and planting and assisting with our 4H club. We are looking for guest teachers to teach our 4H club members on topics that they are passionate about related to gardening and overall well-being. In addition, we are looking for a worm farmer!

Please contact project leader for details: Marais Garden Project Leader.

Metairie Academy for Advanced Studies Learning Garden

The Metairie Academy for Advanced Studies (MAAS) Learning Garden is a 480 square foot pollinator and vegetable garden established to provide an educational resource for the Metairie Academy school and to create a connection to our community. Led by fellow MGGNOs, our goal is to teach our students to be stewards of the environment, and become knowledgeable about where their food originates and the resources involved. Our garden is a “do no harm” garden, which means we do no harm to any insects or animals that visit our garden. It is a place to observe and learn about the natural process of plants and their pollinators. Volunteer needs include teaching and interacting with students, various gardening chores and propagating.

Please contact project leader for details: MAAS Garden Project Leader.

Natives

Several sites along the Mississippi River on Decatur are being planted with native, native cultivar, and some adapted plants, by Master Gardeners, both as an educational tool and as a celebration of New Orleans’ 300 years. Tour guides, the MGGNO Speakers Bureau, and National Parks Rangers are using the plantings, and their benefits to colonial New Orleanians (culinary, medicinal, aesthetic, dyes and scents), as part of their narratives for tours and presentations.

The Lafitte Welcome Center, Dutch Alley, and the New Orleans Jazz Museum are the current downtown sites, with others in the planning stages. The New Canal Basin Lighthouse is another garden, part of the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation. Gardens need monthly visits to be sure plants are in good health, and signage remains correct and current. These are public places, so thick leather gloves are required. Each of these venues receive hundreds of visitors daily, so our presence is appreciated and touted.

Contact Natives project leader for monthly work days.

Pelican Greenhouse at NOBG

Master Gardeners propagate plants in the Pelican Greenhouse and also staff monthly plant sales. This is one of our longest running volunteer projects. For more information on VOLUNTEERING only contact Project Leader: Pelican Greenhouse Project Leader.
Just off Henry Thomas (Golf) Drive south of the I-610 underpass in City park
Regular meeting: Tuesdays, Thursdays 9 am – noon

Sankofa Garden and Wetlands Project

Master Gardeners propagate plants in the Sankofa Garden – Hoophouses and a fruit orchard serve as a community program relating to crop production of flowers, herbs, and fruit. Workshops and volunteer days are open to community members, teaching them the processes of gardening and harvesting. Produce is sold at a roadside market down the street. Sankofa Wetland Park and Nature Trail needs volunteers educating the general public about wetland ecology and stormwater management. Partners are City of New Orleans, Cities Connecting Children to Nature, MGGNO, and SOUL. For more information on VOLUNTEERING only contact Project Leader: Sankofa Garden & Wetlands Project Leader.
Regular meeting: 2nd Saturdays from 9 – 12

Second Harvesters

2nd Harvesters and MGGNO have a positive community impact growing and bringing local produce into the community, while helping the 2nd Harvesters procure fresh food in their food bank, and providing educational/outreach opportunities for the general public.

For more information on volunteering contact Project Leader: Second Harvesters Project Leader.

Spring & Fall Garden Shows

The Master Gardeners provide all the volunteers for the LSU AgCenter Spring Garden Show and the NOBG Fall Festival at the New Orleans Botanical Garden. We have Spring Garden Show co-chairs but are seeking cochairs for the Fall show. Please contact Garden Show Project Leader if you are interested in chairing the Fall Garden Show.
New Orleans Botanical Garden, 1 Palm Drive, in City Park

Vegetable Garden at NOBG

This project involves maintaining several beds in the vegetable garden as well as the Kitchen Garden bed. Members meet on Tuesdays or Thursdays at 8am. Please contact project leader for more information: Vegetable garden Project Leader.

Winter & Summer Symposiums

Our half-day 2018 Winter Symposium, “Let it Rain … Living with Water in our Louisiana Landscapes”, highlighted the wise use of the bountiful rainfall in our backyards and ways to counteract the effects of storm water in our community. On Feb. 9th, our 2019 Winter Symposium, “Low Maintenance Landscaping with Local Heirloom and Native Plants”, will feature growing low-maintenance plants that the experts recommend for gardens in Greater New Orleans area. Contact Symposium Project Leader if you are interested in volunteering.