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):

  • March 12, 2019, Belle Chasse Garden Club, “Plant Pest Infestations and Integrated Pest Management”
  • March 12, 2019, River Ridge Garden Club, “Made for the Shade”
  • March 13, 2019, Lakeview Botany Guild, “Tool Talk”
  • March 14, 2019, Country Club Gardeners Metairie, “Growing LA Irises 101”
  • April 9, 2019, Terrytown Garden Club, “Integrated Pest Management for the Home Garden”
  • April 9, 2019, Aurora Garden Club, “Gardening for Small Spaces”

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.

Click on a Topic or a Presenter below for more information



Adding Spice to Your Louisiana landscape with Gingers NEW Glen LaBorde
Basics on Raising Backyard Chickens Linda Vinsanau
Bringing Birds Into Your Backyard Marieanne Arata
Butterfly Gardening * Tammany Baumgarten
The Colombian Exchange – The Movement of Plants Around the Globe Anna Timmerman
Container Gardening NEW Adele Mangipano
The Cottage Garden, Style and Seeds for the Gulf South * Tammany Baumgarten
Environmentally Friendly Gardening NEW Dov Block
Farm to Table NEW Anna Timmerman
Gardening for Small Spaces NEW Dov Block
Gardening with Ornamental Grasses * Tammany Baumgarten
Growing Louisiana Irises 101 Linda Vinsanau
Herbs … Top 10 from Herb Society Survey Anne Barnes
Heucheras – The dramatic changes in Coral Bells Glen LaBorde
A History of Garden Design Anna Timmerman
Home Citrus Tips NEW Anna Timmerman
Home Composting NEW Daphne Ferdinand
Integrated Pest Management for Home Gardens NEW Tricia Wrubleski
Irrigation NEW Daphne Ferdinand
Learning to Live With and Love Water NEW Dov Block
Made for the Shade Nell Howard
Meet the Natives – Gardening with Natives in South Louisiana Nell Howard
My Weeds, My Bugs and How They Matter * Tammany Baumgarten
Online Resources for NOLA Gardeners
Linda Wegmann
Organic Gardening Basics Anna Timmerman
Ornamentals – The Foliage Stars Glen LaBorde
Parterre Gardens Anna Timmerman
Perennials for NOLA Tricia Wrubleski
Perennials for Shade Nell Howard
Plant Pest Identification NEW Tricia Wrubleski
Plant Propagation NEW Sandy Pitre
Planting for Fall Interest* Tammany Baumgarten
Pollinator Protection NEW Usha Ramadhyani
Salvia Anne Barnes
The Scented Path:  Planting to Perfume Your Garden * Tammany Baumgarten
School Gardens in Louisiana NEW Dov Block
Summer Gardening NEW Usha Ramadhyani
Super Plants for Your Louisiana Landscape –
Cool-Season Selections
Linda Wegmann
Super Plants for Your Louisiana Landscape –
Summer Selections
Linda Wegmann
Tool Talk NEW Roger Svoboda
Vegetable Gardening Fall Melissa Luer
Vegetable Gardening Spring Melissa Luer
Vegetable and Herb Gardening – Fall
Vegetable and Herb Gardening – Summer
Vegetable and Herb Gardening – Winter
Daphne Ferdinand,
Dov Block
The Wildlife Garden Anne Barnes
Winter Herb Gardening NEW Usha Ramadhyani
* Available only to groups of 50 or more
PowerPoint presentation – requires HDMI-compatible TV or projector