Local Nurseries (by ZipCode)
2918 Metairie Rd., Metairie, LA 70001
Old Metairie Plant Station
400 Airline Highway, Metairie, LA 70001
Laughing Buddha Nursery
4516 Clearview Pkwy., Metairie, LA 70002
Perino’s Garden Center, Inc
3100 Veterans Blvd, Metairie, LA 70002
Charvet’s Garden Center
4511 Clearview Pkwy, Metairie, LA 70006
Green Parrot Nursery
201 Nashville, NOLA, 70115
Weber Garden Center
5007 Freret Street, NOLA 70115
(Open Monday-Friday 9 to 1)
American Aquatic Gardens
621 Elysian Fields Ave., NOLA 70117
The Plant Gallery
9401 Airline Drive, NOLA 70118
Jefferson Feed Garden Center
4421 Jefferson Hwy, Jefferson, LA 70121
Double M Feed Garden Supply
8400 Jefferson Hwy, River Ridge, LA 70123
New Orleans Botanical Garden Nursery
City Park, NOLA 70124
(Last Saturday of Month 10 to 4:30)
Double M Feed Garden Supply
543 Holmes Blvd, Gretna, LA 70056
Consider using native plants in your garden. Native plants are those that occur naturally or have existed for many years in an area. These can be trees, flowers, grasses or any other plants.
The advantages to using native plants include:
- Native plants are acclimated to climate and conditions and require minimal care.
- Native plants do not require commercial fertilizer or pesticides.
- Native plants provide food for wildlife and attract birds, butterflies and other helpful insects.
Louisiana Native Plant Society
Folsom Native Plant Society’s List of LA Native Plants
|Month-by-Month Gardening in Louisiana
by Dan Gill
|The New Orleans Garden: Gardening in the Gulf South
by Charlotte Seidenberg
|Jacques-Felix Lelievre’s New Louisiana Gardener
by Jacques-Felix Lelievre
Heirloom Plants & Seed Saving
An heirloom plant or heritage variety is an open-pollinated cultivar that was commonly grown during earlier periods in human history, but which is not used in modern large-scale agriculture. Since most popular heirloom plants are vegetables, the term heirloom vegetable is often used instead. The trend of growing heirloom plants in gardens has been growing in popularity in the United States and Europe over the last decade.
Before the industrialization of agriculture, a much wider variety of plant foods was grown for human consumption. In modern agriculture in the industrialized world, most food crops are now grown in large, monocultural plots. In order to maximize consistency, few varieties of each type of crop are grown. These varieties are often selected for their productivity, their ability to withstand mechanical picking and cross-country shipping, and their tolerance to drought, frost, or pesticides. Nutrition, flavor, and variety are frequently secondary concerns, if a concern at all.wikipedia
One way to increase heirloom seeds is via seed saving. In agriculture and gardening, seed saving is the practice of saving seeds from open-pollinated vegetables and flowers for use from year to year. This is the traditional way farms and gardens were maintained. Much of the grassroots seed-saving activity today is the work of amateur gardeners, organic farmers, and enthusiasts with environmentalist interests. Open pollination is the key to seed saving. Plants that reproduce through natural means tend to adapt to local conditions, and evolve as reliable performers, particularly in their localities.wikipedia
seedsavers.org pics & seeds
Seed Savers Exchange
Seed Savers Exchange is a nonprofit organization that saves and shares the heirloom seeds of our garden heritage.
The Southern Bulb Company
Southern Bulbs specializes in growing and supplying rare bulbs and other “tried and true” species of bulbs for warm climates.
Southern Seed Legacy
The Southern Seed Legacy maintains a collection of over 460 named varieties of southern heirloom seeds.
Louisiana Vegetable Planting Guide
Use this handy guide from the LSU Ag Center to make your seed selections and to guarantee growing success.
Seed to Seed: Seed Saving and Growing Techniques for Vegetable Gardeners
This book by Suzanne Ashworth and Kent Whealy is a complete seed-saving guide that describes specific techniques for saving the seeds of 160 different vegetables.