Master Gardeners are people just like you who love gardening and have a desire to share with others. The Northwest Louisiana Master Gardener Program is a volunteer horticulture training program that trains people in exchange for volunteer service dedicated back to the program so they can share what they have learned with other gardeners. The program is provided by the Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service and is open to all adults in Northwest Louisiana (Caddo, Bossier, Desoto & Red River Parishes).
Master Gardeners give a minimum of 20 hours of service each year -- most give more -- and take six hours of continuing education. They raise funds with events and sales to support community grants and educational and beautification projects.
Educational and Volunteer Opportunities
History of NWLA Master Gardeners
The Louisiana Master Gardener program was started in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in 1994 as a means of extending the educational outreach of the LSU AgCenter's Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service.
It was adopted statewide in 1997 and now is offered in 23 parishes with volunteer participation in 46 parishes. Louisiana Master Gardeners serve many roles in helping county agents deliver educational horticultural programs and information.
The Northwest Louisiana Master Gardener program was started in 1998 by Dr. Joe White, who developed and grew the program through 2002. In 2003, Denyse Cummins, Area Horticulturist, began working with the Northwest Louisiana Master Gardeners. Denyse was instrumental in developing the demonstration gardens around the Randle T. Moore Center and many other projects in the community. There have been 400 graduates of the NWLA Master Gardening Program, and now the organization has over 200 active members. Brent Jeansonne joined the LSU AgCenter in 2017 as Associate Extension Area Agent Horticulturist and is now Master Gardener Coordinator for Northwest Louisiana.
Randle T. Moore Center
3101 1/2 Fairfield Avenue
Shreveport, LA 71104
Master Gardeners Hotline
President --John Ready
Vice-President -- Lynn Poole
Secretary -- Jennifer Donner
Treasurer -- Steve Roberts
Historian/Parliamentarian -- Janette Miller
Immediate Past President -- Margie Caplis
Bill Frye, 2019
Helen Herzog, 2018
Vic Kirkendall, 2017
Lou Osbourne, 2018
Sue Rydberg, 2017
Donna Shield, 2019
Class Representative, 2017