Projects

Master Gardeners of Greater New Orleans support educational garden projects in the Greater New Orleans area. Louisiana Master Gardeners manage and volunteer in these projects. Contact volunteer@mggno.com or email a Project Leader directly for more information or to volunteer.

Butterfly Circle Garden, Audubon Zoo

A small team from the Louisiana Master Gardener Class of 2008 began this project to maintain and refurbish the Butterfly Circle Garden inside the front entrance of the Audubon Zoo.
Members who would like to volunteer can contact the Audubon Zoo Project Leader to be notified of future work dates.
Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St., New Orleans

Butterfly & Hummingbird Gardens in the New Orleans Botanical Garden

These two gardens, tucked away behind the Lathe House and NOBG Study Center, have been maintained by a reliable and knowledgeable group of volunteers for years. Join the Project Leader and her group to learn and to continue this historical garden momentum.

For more information or to volunteer in the Butterfly Garden contact the Butterfly Gardens Project Leader.
Regular meeting: Tuesdays 9am to noon.

To volunteer with the Hummingbird Garden contact the Hummingbird Garden Project Leader.
Meetings are on Tuesday mornings. Volunteer times are open and flexible.

Federal City Community Garden

This Westbank project is located at Federal City on the former Naval Support Activity – New Orleans military base in Algiers. Master Gardeners maintain vegetable and herb demonstration beds, provide hands-on gardening activities and assist the Federal City military families and Westbank residents who participate as growers in the community garden. Bi-Annual Garden Clean Up Days are held in the Spring and the Fall. To volunteer contact the project leader: Federal City Community Garden Project Leader.
Federal City Community Garden – on Guadalcanal St. between Carmick and Savage Streets in Algiers;
Regular meeting: None. You may volunteer at your convenience.

Gretna Farmers Market

In an effort to distribute LSU AgCenter’s horticultural research and general gardening information to the public, MGGNO volunteers take turns manning display tables at the Gretna Farmers Market. Market visitors visit our tables to ask gardening questions and get LSU AgCenter information. This is easy and enjoyable volunteer activity where you can share your gardening knowledge with each other and the public.  It is located under the market pavilion between 3rd and 4th streets along the 300 block of Huey P. Long Ave., Gretna, LA 70053. www.gretnala.com 

Regular meeting: Normally the second Saturday of the month from 8:30am to 12:30pm; Contact: Gretna Farmers Market Project Leader to volunteer or with any questions.

LaSalle Park Garden

The LaSalle Park Garden has been designated as an LSU AgCenter Display Garden and a Louisiana Master Gardener (LMG)/MGGNO project where members can volunteer weekly. Volunteers plant a variety of vegetables year round and provide educational outreach for park visitors.LaSalle Park is a popular place for residents of Metairie and the surrounding areas. It offers a walking path, urban forest nature trail, and sports fields.
6600 Airline Drive, Metairie, LA70003
Regular meetings: Wednesday 8 am to 10 am – Please contact the LaSalle Park Project Manager to volunteer.

Latter Library Oval Garden

The Latter Library Oval Garden is located on the grounds of Latter Library, at 5120 St. Charles Ave. These grounds are maintained under a contract with the Latter Conservancy, a nonprofit group. One portion is the responsibility of the Master Gardeners of Greater New Orleans. It is a pollinator garden, showcasing a variety of annuals and perennials, designed to attract bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. There are 7 varieties of salvias, 5 types of native plants and a selection of Louisiana Superplants. Passersby frequently stop to make positive comments and ask horticultural questions. Volunteers are welcome. Work is on an as-needed basis and may be tailored to each volunteer’s schedule. Contact project leader for more information: Latter Library Project Leader

Longue Vue House and Gardens

Have a great time and learn a lot while helping a National Historic Landmark! Join the skilled garden staff in maintaining Longue Vue’s beautiful Ellen Biddle Shipman designed historic gardens.Longue Vue’s plant collections include over 3,500 Louisiana irises, 130 camellias, a diverse native plant palette, and two vegetable and herb gardens full of edible plants.
Volunteer projects in the gardens include weeding, raking, planting, mulching, pruning, propagation, and other diverse horticultural tasks. All tools are provided. Bring your own gloves, sunscreen, bug spray, water, snacks, and sense of humor.
Workdays are Thursdays from 8:30am-12:00pm and the second Saturday of the month from 9:00am-11:00am.For more information contact Dave Maher, a fellow Louisiana Master Gardener and Longue Vue’s Lead Garden Volunteer, at davemaher51@gmail.com.
To learn more about Longue Vue and to register to volunteer go to https://longuevue.com/
Registration is required.

Louisiana Irises – Multi-Site

  • Bestoff Sculpture Garden, New Orleans Museum of Art
  • Longue Vue House & Gardens
  • The Iris Island in City Park: Master Gardeners are welcome to visit and volunteer on Thursday mornings from 9:00am -12:00pm.

There will be educational demonstrations on how to divide irises, plant rhizomes, cut seed pods open and plant seeds, and propagate irises to plant in other areas or share with friends.Contact Iris Project Leader for information or to volunteer.

Louisiana Super Plants Project, City Park

The Louisiana Super Plants Project is a raised demonstration garden next to the original back gate entrance to the New Orleans Museum of Art Sculpture Garden across the street from the NOBG.

MGGNO volunteers learn about the Louisiana Super Plants through planting seasonal selections and general garden maintenance. Observers are educated about the many different types of LSP and how they came to receive this designation.

To volunteer, contact the Super Plants Project Leader.
Regular meeting: Friday 9am to noon

New Orleans Botanical Garden Cold Frame Beds

Louisiana Master Gardeners manage twelve raised beds in the New Orleans Botanical Garden. These beds were originally built as cold frames. Starting from seeds, the team grows a changing selection of vegetables and herbs with input from team members, the LSU agagents, and the New Orleans Botanical Garden staff. Harvested produce is used to augment the NOBG culinary kitchen and donated to a local food bank. The team is available to visit with park visitors and answer their questions about growing vegetables in Louisiana. This project began in 2017 and has been ongoing. For more information contact Cold Bed Gardens Project Leader.
Regular meetings: Mondays and Thursdays at 9am
When the heat sets in the hours shift to 8am

New Orleans Botanical Garden Vegetable Garden

Volunteers assist the NOBG staff maintain the large vegetable, fruit, and herb Kitchen Garden. Project members meet on Tuesdays at 8am. Please contact project leader for more information: Vegetable garden Project Leader. Volunteers can also contact NOBG garden lead Mark Meunier, mmeunier@nocp.com, for additional times and workday opportunities.

Pelican Greenhouse in City Park

Master Gardeners propagate plants in the Pelican Greenhouse and also staff plant sales.
This is one of our longest running MGGNO volunteer projects.
For more information on volunteering only contact the Pelican Greenhouse Project Leader.
The Pelican Greenhouse is located just off Henry Thomas (Golf) Drive south of the I-610 underpass in City Park.

Annual Events

AgMagic on the River at Docville Farm

AgMagic on the River is a program of the LSU AgCenter. It introduces students in grades 3-6 to agriculture in Louisiana. Students experience exhibits featuring entomology, fisheries, forestry, horticulture, and much more.This week long, free event is held at Docville Farms and volunteers are needed for a variety of positions.

LSU AgCenter Leader: Anna Timmerman
Contact: atimmerman@agcenter.lsu.edu
Docville Farm
5124 E. St. Bernard Hwy, Violet 70092
To learn more about Docville Farm visit their website https://merauxfoundation.org/docville-farm/

Spring Garden Show and Fall Garden Festival

Spring Garden Show
The LSU AgCenter presents the Spring Garden Show in the New Orleans Botanical Garden in City Park in early April.
Master Gardeners of Greater New Orleans coordinate the event and provide the volunteers for staffing it.
Information and requests for volunteers are announced in advance of the event. Contact the Garden Show Project Leader for more information.
Location: New Orleans Botanical Garden, 1 Palm Drive, in City Park.

Fall Garden Festival
City Park presents the Fall Garden Festival in the New Orleans Botanical Garden in early October.
Master Gardeners of Greater New Orleans provide the volunteers for staffing it.
Information and requests for volunteers are announced in advance of the event. Please contact the Garden Show Project Leader for more information.
Location: New Orleans Botanical Garden, 1 Palm Drive, in City Park.