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

Bag-e fin Garden, Iran. Completed in 1590, Oldest surviving garden in the Middle East.

A Brief History of Garden Design

Taken from presentation by Anna Timmerman Horticulture Agent, LSU AgCenter

Anna considers gardening as an artform much like a symphony that has been composed. Why does garden design matter, she asks? We like order, neatness, chaos and balance. What we do today is influenced by and connects us to history. History always repeats itself. Public and private landscapes are increasingly important. There is less greenspace and many of us have less access to greenspace. We want to protect and design for the future.

The Ideal landscape is the idea that way back before, in prehistoric times, we preferred open savannah type landscapes which were diverse. We probably evolved in this type of landscape. Our presents lawns relate back to the open savannah landscape. Garden pre-history is documented by cave paintings, prehistorical artifacts show hunter gathers did rely on landscapes. Date palms were found in Libya. Prehistoric communities practiced horticulture, composting, they did controlled burnings, plants were scattered and transplanted to encourage the food source in the region. 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.