You become a LMG by completing the official training program conducted by the LSU AgCenter agents in your home parish, Classes are held annually each summer for residents of Orleans and Jefferson parishes. Lectures are delivered online with weekly labs held at the New Orleans Botanical Garden. Registration opens in March and classes are held June through early August.
No, you must complete the required 40 volunteer hours within the first full year of completing the class. However, If you are looking for a gardening course with no commitments, the LSU AgCenter offers a self-paced, online Home Gardening Course that is free and accessible here.
The registration fee is $250 which covers the cost of course materials and lab supplies. The fee is only paid after you are notified that you are accepted in the class.
For residents of Jefferson and Orleans parishes, classes are held annually June through July.
The LMG classes are held online with live labs held weekly on Wednesdays in the Garden Study Center of the New Orleans Botanical Garden in City Park. You will have a choice to attend either a morning session 9:30 am to noon or evening session from 5:30 to 8 pm.
MGGNO extends the educational programs of the Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service (LCES), assists the gardening public, and promotes home horticulture in Orleans and Jefferson parishes.
Master Gardeners volunteer by supporting various community and demonstration gardens, presenting educational programs in horticulture, propagating plants, assisting with plant sales and staffing special events.
MGGNO members volunteer their time in community gardens, demonstration gardens, garden shows and sales, propagating plants, delivering talks special events throughout the GNO area.
Membership is open to certified Louisiana Master Gardeners who reside in Jefferson or Orleans parishes and are willing to fulfill 20 service hours and 6 education hours annually.