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

Eisenia fetida – Red worm, Red Wriggler


The Magic of Worm Composting with
Professor Vladimir Excelsior Wormsley II

From presentation by Richard Bienvenu, Master Gardener of Greater New Orleans

By sheer numbers alone, earthworms have a tremendous impact on local ecosystems (though not all of it is good, researchers have recently learned). There are more than 3,000 species of earthworm on the planet, and they range in average sizes from.4 inches (1 centimeter) to 9 feet

(2.7 meters) in length, although outsized monsters are routinely reported around the world. In a single hectare (2.47 acres) of land, you may find 500,000 to 2 million individual worms. You may further find that the total wet biomass of all these worms equals 10 times the total weight of all the animals living aboveground on that same plot of land.

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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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