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 firstname.lastname@example.org
5124 E. St. Bernard Hwy, Violet 70032
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
Does not currently need volunteers
Regular meeting: generally 2nd Mondays, starting 9 am in cool months, 8 am in warmer months. Contact project leader before coming!
Aycock Farmers Market in St. Bernard
In an effort to distribute LSU AgCenter’s horticultural research and general gardening information to the general public, MGGNO volunteers take turns manning a display table at the seasonal Aycock Farmers Market in St. Bernard. Market visitors visit our table 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: Aycock Farmers Market Leader
409 Aycock Street, Arabi LA
Does not currently need volunteers
Regular meeting: First Saturdays, 8 am to 1 pm April – October. Contact coordinator before coming!
Federal City Community Garden
This new project is located on the former Naval Support Activity New Orleans military base in Algiers, which is home to many military families. Master Gardeners maintain vegetable and herb demonstration beds, provide hands-on gardening activities and assist the Federal City and Westbank residents who participate in the community garden. MGGNO’s objective is to offer monthly educational talks at the garden and establish an LSU AgCenter footprint on the Westbank. To volunteer contact the project leader: Federal City Community Garden Project Leader.
Federal City – on Guadalcanal Street between Carmick & Savage Streets; Regular meeting: none
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!
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.
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
Get personal with native plants in Longue Vue’s historic one-acre Wild Garden. Working with Longue Vue garden staff, volunteer projects will include weeding, raking, planting, mulching, staking, pruning, and many other diverse horticultural tasks. All tools are provided. Bring your own gloves and accessories as needed. Contact: Amy Graham at email@example.com; www.longuevue.com
Regular meetings: Drop-in on Fridays 9 am to 12 noon.
LA Irises – Bestoff Sculpture Garden, NOMA
In cooperation with the Greater N.O. Iris Society and NOMA, over 400 Louisiana Irises have been planted and labeled throughout the serene Sculpture Garden in City Park. The purpose of these plantings is to create and maintain a collection of Louisiana Irises for public viewing while providing the educational component as it pertains to the growth, propagation, care and hybridizing of these magnificent native plants. These plantings will be highlighted in the annual Iris Celebration, which coincides with the Spring Garden Show in the Botanical Gardens. Volunteers are welcome to help groom, mulch and add to these plantings on a seasonal basis. Contact Iris Project Leader for more information.
One Collins Diboll Circle, City Park; Regular Meeting: none
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. They meet every Wednesday morning. Please contact project leader for details: Super Plants Project Leader.
Regular meeting: Wednesday mornings – 9 am in the winter; 8 am in the summer; New Orleans Museum of Art, 1 Collins Diboll Circle, NOLA
LSU AgCenter Jefferson & Orleans Parish Offices
Louisiana Master Gardeners can help with administrative duties at the LSU Ag-Center Offices Monday through Friday between 9 am to 4 pm. LMGs may be asked to work on a variety of tasks including organizing the many Ag-Center Publications and Reference materials, research and develop of NEW Power Point presentations for LMG/MGGNO to present in the community, as well as handling telephone calls from the public on gardening issues.
Please call Anna Timmermann at (504) 736-6519 for information about volunteering. 1221 Elmwood Park Blvd. Ste. #300, Jefferson, LA; OR Administrative Offices, New Orleans Botanical Gardens, City Park; Email Anna at firstname.lastname@example.org
New Orleans Botanical Gardens
The New Orleans Botanical Gardens is a Master Gardener project used to demonstrate how to implement ornamental and vegetable gardening techniques. We are finishing up some vegetable trials, and will begin an ornamental trial with Dr. Owings. We will collect data from the South Shore and North Shore on same varieties and compare. The group meets on Fridays 9 am – noon. There are many other opportunities to volunteer at the garden. For more information contact Cold Bed Gardens Project Leader.
Regular meeting: Fridays 9 am – noon & other opportunities
New Orleans Botanical Gardens – Butterfly & Hummingbird Gardens
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
New Orleans Botanical Gardens – Cold Bed Gardens
This can be a source of anything from ornamental and vegetable trials – to soil research and collecting data on all that is growing – a wonderful learning experience for everyone. For more information contact Cold Bed Gardens Project Leader.
Regular meeting: Fridays 9 am to noon
New Orleans Botanical Gardens – Greenhouse and Aromatic Garden
This project provides a wealth of knowledge and times to learn and have fun. Please contact project leader for details or just join us on Wednesday mornings: Greenhouse Project Leader.
Regular meeting: Wednesdays 9 am to noon (beginning Oct. 19, 2016)
New Orleans Botanical Gardens – Pelican Greenhouse
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
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
Winter & Summer Symposiums
This annual Winter Symposium broke attendance records when three notable speakers took the stage to highlight “The Living Louisiana Landscape” in January 2017. Contact Symposium Project Leader if you are interested in organizing or chairing one of the symposiums.