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

Saving Tomato Seeds

One of the most popular vegetable (it’s really a fruit) that homeowners in our area enjoy growing is the tomato. It is certainly easy enough to pick up a small plant and put it in the ground or grow in a large pot but I decided after having a tasty crop of Beefsteak tomatoes that I wanted to save the seeds.

Of course, you want to save the seeds from your best and tastiest tomato plants. The plants need to be strong and free of disease and pests. Use tomatoes that are ripe and beginning to rot a bit before extracting the seeds. Cut the desired tomato in half. You will see the seeds inside. They are protected in a gelatinous membrane. You can squeeze the contents into a container or use a spoon to scoop the seeds out. Pull out as much of the solid tomato material as you can without seeds attached but the process will still work. 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.