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

The Beauty of Southern Vines

26 stunners you should know
Summary of presentation by Glen Laborde, Master Gardener

Types of Vines by support:
Bines – twist their stems around a support.
Vines – that use tendrils and suckers.
Sprawlers – need help to connect

Dan Gill’s rule of lacing shoots, that want to go straight up on trellises: “Always lace shoots laterally”

I. ANNUAL VINES Last for only one season. Little chance of getting out of Control.


  • Sweet pea (Lathyrus odoratus) – Plant early as October for next year. Blooms are usually March-May. Cut stems as long as possible. Make sure seed pack says “fragrant”- strangely some aren’t!!! A dry sunny day is the best time to savor the smells. Smell champs: (Flora Norton, Gwendilone, Lady Grisel, Hamilton, Matucana, Mollie Rilstone, Painted Lady, Black Knight, Dorothy Eckford)
  • Nasturtium (Tropaeolum majus) – Colorful and edible. Name means “nose-twister” in Latin – the reaction to tasting the flowers –Seeds and leaves edible too. Are a source of Vitamin C and iron. Used as a pepper substitute in WWII. Plant early spring for summer flowers. Needs to be physically tied or twisted on support – sprawler. Likes full sun and sandy well drained soil. Deadhead for more flowers. Unexpectantly, poorer soil produces more flowers/ a self- seeder.

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Glen Laborde (LMG Class of 2014)

Metairie Garden

Glen, please tell us a little about yourself.
I have a Master’s in Science Education from UNO, taught science, then was a pharmacy rep for over 30 years. Now I’m enjoying retirement.

What inspired you to become a Master Gardener?
My father loved gardening. It comes naturally to me. My current home was a blank slate plant wise when I moved here. It’s gradually evolved into my little paradise including ponds and paths. I’m always on the lookout for new and different plant varieties.

What gives you the most satisfaction about gardening?
I treasure my early morning strolls in my garden. Two or three flowers greet and surprise me. Read more

The LMG Class of 2019 designed and staffed the “Pollinators in the Garden” education exhibit in the 2019 NOBG Fall Garden Festival. Pictured are committee co-chairs Sara Nehrbass and Nicole Tygier.
The “Patio Kitchen Garden” for the MGGNO education exhibit in the 2019 NOBG Spring Garden Show received the Best of Show award. Colleen Wood, Education Exhibit Chair, is pictured with the exhibit.

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