MGGNO Speakers Bureau

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 complete and submit a Speaker Request form via email to speakers@mggno.com. A member of our Speakers Bureau will contact you within a few days to confirm if we are able to schedule your request.

Download the Speaker Request Form

Where we will be presenting:

  • June 21, 2017, St. Tammany Master Gardeners, “My Weeds, My Bugs and How They Matter”
  • Sep 16, 2017, Pollinator Celebration Hammond Research Station, “Butterfly Gardening”
  • Oct 11, 2017, Lakeview Botany Guild, “Enjoying Your Garden More”
How to submit your speaker request?

  • Open/download the selected Speaker Request Form (at right).
  • 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 2016.pdf).
  • Fill in the required information.
  • Save file.
  • Attach your completed form to an email to speakers@mggno.com and include “Speaker Request” as your subject.

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



Aquatic Gardening Joan Doyle
Backyard Bouquets Joan Doyle
Beneficial Energies of Plants and Flowers NEW Faun Fenderson
Bringing Birds Into Your Backyard Marieanne Arata
Building Curb Appeal * Tammany Baumgarten
Butterfly Gardening * Tammany Baumgarten
Calculating the ROI on your Homegrown Vegetables NEW Melissa Luer
The Cottage Garden, Style and Seeds for the Gulf South * Tammany Baumgarten
Eggs and Chickens Linda Vinsanau
Enjoying Your Garden More NEW Faun Fenderson
Gardening with Ornamental Grasses * Tammany Baumgarten
Growing LA Irises Linda Vinsanau
Herbs … Top 10 from Herb Society Survey Anne Barnes
Let’s Branch into Olives NEW Eileen Hollander
LA Master Gardener Program Linda Vinsanau
Low-Maintenance Gardening NEW Adele Mangipano
My Weeds, My Bugs and How They Matter * NEW Tammany Baumgarten
Native Trees for Louisiana NEW Nell Howard
Old Garden Roses Valerie Tang
Online Resources for NOLA Gardeners NEW Linda Wegmann
Perennials for NOLA Tricia Wrubleski
Plant Propagation Demonstration at Pelican Greenhouse ** Joan Arnold
Planting for Fall Interest* NEW Tammany Baumgarten
The Scented Path:  Planting to Perfume Your Garden * Tammany Baumgarten
Shade Gardens Carolyn Sanchez
Super Plants for Your Louisiana Landscape Jeanne Rudzki or Linda Wegmann
Tropical Plants in the Southern Landscape * Tammany Baumgarten
Vegetable Gardening Fall Melissa Luer
Vegetable Gardening Spring Melissa Luer
Wreath Making Joan Doyle
* Available only to groups of 50 or more
** Available only to groups of 12 or less

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