MGGNO Speakers Bureau

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The Master Gardeners of Greater New Orleans Speakers Bureau is a free community outreach service providing educational programs in Louisiana horticulture to groups and organizations. Speakers are Master Gardener volunteers who have completed the Louisiana Master Gardener training provided by the LSU Cooperative Extension Service.  Programs are selected and prepared by Master Gardeners that reflect both their expertise and interests.

Master Gardeners will speak to groups in the Greater New Orleans area. Garden clubs, schools, businesses, churches, neighborhood and civic organizations are invited to take advantage of this learning opportunity.

Most programs are delivered as PowerPoint presentations and typically last approximately 30 minutes. To request a speaker, please follow the procedures listed below. Note that effective June 10, 2017, our procedures have changed. You can now submit your request by email directly to the speaker of your choice.

Download the Speaker Request Form

Where we will be presenting (unless noted, all presentations listed below are not open to the general public):

  • Mar 7, 2018, Jeff. Parish East Bank Library, “LA Iris Species – Preservation/Conservation/Culture”
  • Mar 13, 2018, Belle Chasse Garden Club, “Super Plants for your Louisiana Landscape – Summer Selections”
  • March 14, 2018, Friends of Jefferson Parish Library, “Cottage Gardens” (Open to the Public)
  • Apr 3, 2018, Bridgeview Garden Club, “Movement of Plants”
  • Apr 11, 2018, Metairie Ridge Garden Club, “Butterfly Gardening”
  • Apr 18, 2018, Terrytown Garden Club,”Low Maintenance Gardening”
  • May 21, 2018, Fleur de Lis Garden Club, Salvias
How to submit your speaker request?

  • Open/download the selected Speaker Request Form (at right). You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to do so. A link is provided at right to download it if needed.
  • Save to desktop: Click “Save a copy…” (top far left icon).
  • Change name of file: to MGGNO Speaker Request _ Your Garden Club Date of Meeting.pdf (Example: MGGNO Speaker Request _ NOLA Garden Club Oct 6 2017.pdf).
  • Fill in the required information.
  • Save file.
  • Attach your completed form to an email to the email address of the selected speaker (from Speakers: Bios and Topics) and include “Speaker Request” as your subject.

Have a question about our Speakers Bureau?  Please email speakers@mggno.com.

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Adding Spice to Your Louisiana landscape with Gingers NEW Glen LaBorde
Basics on Raising Chickens Linda Vinsanau
Blueberries and Bees NEW Eileen Hollander
Bringing Birds Into Your Backyard Marieanne Arata
Butterfly Gardening * Tammany Baumgarten
The Colombian Exchange- The Movement of Plants Around the Globe NEW Anna Timmerman
The Cottage Garden, Style and Seeds for the Gulf South * Tammany Baumgarten
Enabling Gardens for the Aged or Impaired NEW Eileen Hollander
Firewise Trees and Shrubs NEW Eileen Hollander
Gardening with Ornamental Grasses * Tammany Baumgarten
Growing LA Irises Linda Vinsanau
Herbs … Top 10 from Herb Society Survey Anne Barnes
Heucheras – The dramatic changes in Coral Bells NEW Glen LaBorde
A History of Garden Design NEW Anna Timmerman
Learning to Live With and Love Water NEW Anna Timmerman
Let’s Branch into Olives NEW Eileen Hollander
LA Iris I. giganticarulia – LA State Wildflower NEW Eileen Hollander
Made for the Shade NEW Nell Howard
Meet the Natives – Gardening with Natives in South Louisiana NEW Nell Howard
My Weeds, My Bugs and How They Matter * NEW Tammany Baumgarten
Native Bees for the Home Gardener NEW Eileen Hollander
Natives Preferred – Trees and Shrubs NEW Eileen Hollander
Online Resources for NOLA Gardeners
Linda Wegmann
Organic Gardening Basics NEW Anna Timmerman
Ornamentals – The Foliage Stars NEW Glen LaBorde
Parterre Gardens NEW Anna Timmerman
Perennials for NOLA Tricia Wrubleski
Planting for Fall Interest* NEW Tammany Baumgarten
Poisonous Plants: Child-Proof/ Pet-Proof Your Garden NEW Eileen Hollander
Salvia NEW Anne Barnes
The Scented Path:  Planting to Perfume Your Garden * Tammany Baumgarten
Super Plants for Your Louisiana Landscape –
Cool-Season Selections
Linda Wegmann
Super Plants for Your Louisiana Landscape –
Summer Selections
Linda Wegmann
Tour of Vegetable and Herb Beds at NOBG NEW Melissa Luer
Vegetable Gardening Fall Melissa Luer
Vegetable Gardening Spring Melissa Luer
Winter Vegetable and Herb Gardening OR Summer Vegetable and Herb Gardening NEW Anna Timmerman
The Wildlife Garden NEW Anne Barnes
* Available only to groups of 50 or more
PowerPoint presentation – requires HDMI-compatible TV or projector