Abita Springs Library Garden

Master Gardener volunteers care for two raised beds in the front of the library: the side garden on the south side, and the fern garden in the back of the building. The side garden has passion vines for the gulf fritillaries and milkweed for the monarchs. Master Gardener volunteers choose a topic and host a table talk in March or October for the public. We have several workdays throughout the year to replant or weed beds.

Project Chair: Sandy Thomaszewski

Beau Provence Rehab Garden

The Beau Provence Memory Care Center in Mandeville provides housing for Alzheimer and Dementia patients. Master Gardener volunteers work once a month with residents on small garden projects.

Project Chair: Open

Boys and Girls Club of Covington

Master Gardener volunteers provide the horticultural expertise and management of an infrastructure consisting of vegetable planter boxes, herb and patch beds, a planned butterfly garden and the potential for much more. The focus is engaging the Club every Friday after 3:00 pm in an edible learning environment where the children grow their own gardens. We also provide our local community a platform for volunteer opportunities (Chevron, Heart Association., Rotary Club).

Project Chair: David Maher

Covington Farmers Market

Master Gardener volunteers host a table at the Farmers Market the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month to answer questions and provide gardening tips as well as promote upcoming events.

Project Chairs: Diana Cammatte (1st Saturday) and Billie Stanga (3rd Saturday)

Covington Library

To be determined

Project Chair: Mimi Padgett

Hospice Foundation of the South Gardens

To be determined

Project Chair: Paul Andres

Lacombe Butterfly Garden

Master Gardeners maintain the garden by weeding, replanting, pruning, and cleaning the area. We sponsor the Wild Things Festival at the Lacombe Wildlife Refuge. At the festival four tables are set up under a tent and children are invited to do art projects related to butterflies and other pollinators. Information is provided on the plants needed in a garden to attract butterflies and the butterfly life cycle.

Project Chairs: Sharon Hassinger and Karen Martin

Lang House Garden

Master Gardeners maintain 

Project Chair: Peter Weaver

LSU AgCenter Super Plant Garden

Each year, the graduating Master Gardener class assumes responsibility for planting the garden in the front of the Ag Center. Under Will Afton’s direction, the Super Plants are chosen, planted and maintained.

Project Chair: Ron Rowland

LSU AgCenter Volunteers

Master Gardener volunteers work in the office to answer telephone calls related to gardening. The morning and afternoon shifts are four hours long and this is a great way to learn new things. You don’t have to know everything...just where to find it!

Project Chair: Cindy Manger

Magic Wings Butterfly Garden

Master Gardener volunteers maintain a butterfly garden and teach the children about gardening, bugs, and butterflies. They help make learning fun.

Project Chairs: Peggy Bianchi, Susan Treuting

Milne Developmental Services Garden

Milneburg, our newest Master Gardener project, is a community of 48 physically and intellectually disabled adults who live in 12 homes situated on 55 acres in Waldheim, eight miles north of Covington. The volunteers will not only assist residents in creating and maintaining two raised vegetable gardens and a composting program, but they will also help teach a weekly, hands-on class where residents will learn more about the many benefits of gardening. Our very first crop will be planted Spring 2018, and the residents could not be more excited.

Project Chairs: Jan Pesses and Tina Richardson

Otis House Rose Garden

Located in Fairview-Riverview State Park in Madisonville this garden is maintained by master gardener volunteers. Workdays are held throughout the year to weed, prune, plant and clean the area.

Project Chair: Ann Durel

School Partnership (Rooting the Future)

Master Gardners work with several schools in the Parish to establish Legacy Gardens and support Arbor Day activities.

Project Chair:


Master Gardeners host a day-long educational event each fall that is open to the community for a modest fee.  The seminar features renowned speakers, informational table talks, a plant boutique, and lunch.

Project Chair: Suzanne Krieger


Our newest Master Gardener graduates host a day-long educational event each spring that is open to the community for a modest fee.  The seminar features local and regional speakers, informational table talks, and lunch.

Project Chair: Newest Graduating Class

Slidell Farmers Market

Master Gardener volunteers host a table at the Farmers Market the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month to answer questions and provide gardening tips as well as promote upcoming events.

Project Chair: Sue Clites

Slidell Library Herb Garden

Project Chair: Linda Franzo (contact Ruthanne Johnson)

Speakers’ Bureau

Master Gardener volunteers research, write and produce horticultural talks for community garden groups, membership, and to our parish libraries. We will be hosting a Spring Garden Fest at the Covington library in April, 2018.

Project Chair: Donna Howland

Table Talks

Table talks are a way for us to fulfill our mission to teach others, including other Master Gardeners and the public. At our seminars, the Plant Sale, and at other events, Master Gardener volunteers set up a table and do demonstrations or just give information about a topic of interest. Ex: attracting hummingbirds, soft wood cuttings, caladiums, and composting. If you have a particular interest, sign up to share your knowledge or help someone at their table talk.

Project Chair:


This group of Master Gardeners are dedicated to learning more about growing vegetables in St. Tammany Parish. They undergo additional training beyond the regular Master Gardener class so they can be available to answer questions about vegetable insects and disease, give talks to the community and to our organization and keep us up to date on the latest information and trends about growing vegetables.

Project Chair: Rob Wahl

West St. Tammany Habitat for Humanity

Master Gardener volunteers provide several classroom sessions with new homeowners and two to three planting days just before the new owners close on their house.

Project Chair: Jenny Graffeo

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