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


Tropical Gardening

Tropicals are plants which are native to the tropical regions of the world or plants which grow naturally in tropical climates. A tropical garden requires ample rainfall or a good irrigation, sprinkler system for watering. Tropicals require heavy feedings of fertilizer, heavy mulching to maintain moisture, cool plant roots and suppress weeds. A tropical garden resembles a tropical forest. Tropical gardens have layers of large leaves in bold colors and patterns. Choose plants with large and shiny leaves. Banana plants, elephant ears and palms are typical of tropical gardens. Ferns, vines and mosses are typical also. Plant groupings should be thick with large flowers and colorful bracts that bring to mind tropical gardens and draw attention. Cover every surface with vegetation and mulch. Color, texture and form are the elements which are key to a tropical garden. Use gingers, angel’s trumpet and datura, moon flowers, Tropical salvias, bromeliads etc. 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.