MGGNO Speakers Bureau

Programs Offered 2022-2023


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.

Download the Speaker Request Form

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 2021.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 Glen LaBorde
The Art of Incredible Edible Flowers NEW Anandi Premiall
Basics on Raising Backyard Chickens Linda Vinsanau
The Beauty of Southern Vines NEW Glen LaBorde
Bringing Birds Into Your Backyard Marieanne Arata
Butterfly Gardening * Tammany Baumgarten
The Colombian Exchange – The Movement of Plants Around the Globe ZOOM Anna Timmerman ZOOM
Container Gardening Adele Mangipano
Environmentally Friendly Gardening ZOOM Dov Block ZOOM
Farm to Table ZOOM Anna Timmerman ZOOM
Gardening for Small Spaces ZOOM Dov Block ZOOM
Growing Louisiana Irises 101 Linda Vinsanau
Herbs … Top 10 from Herb Society Survey Anne Barnes
Historical Louisiana Landscapes. The “WHY” behind the Native Plant Movement* ZOOM NEW Tammany Baumgarten
A History of Garden Design ZOOM Anna Timmerman ZOOM
Home Citrus Tips ZOOM Anna Timmerman ZOOM
Learning to Live With and Love Water ZOOM Dov Block ZOOM
The Louisiana Certified Habitat Program * NEW Tammany Baumgarten
My Weeds, My Bugs and How They Matter * Tammany Baumgarten
Natives for the Shade ZOOM Usha Ramadhyani
Online Resources for NOLA Gardeners
Linda Wegmann
Organic Gardening Basics ZOOM Anna Timmerman ZOOM
Ornamentals – The Foliage Stars Glen LaBorde
Parterre Gardens ZOOM Anna Timmerman ZOOM
Plant Propagation Sandy Pitre
Planting for Fall Interest* Tammany Baumgarten
Pollinator Protection ZOOM Usha Ramadhyani ZOOM
Salvia Anne Barnes
The Scented Path:  Planting to Perfume Your Garden * Tammany Baumgarten
Seasonal Vegetable and Herb Gardening
Dov Block ZOOM
Summer Gardening ZOOM Usha Ramadhyani ZOOM
Super Plants for Your Louisiana Landscape –
Cool-Season Selections
Linda Wegmann
Super Plants for Your Louisiana Landscape –
Summer Selections
Linda Wegmann
Using Louisiana Native Plants in Your Garden NEW * Tammany Baumgarten
Winter Herb Gardening ZOOM Usha Ramadhyani ZOOM
* Available only to groups of 50 or more
PowerPoint presentation – requires HDMI-compatible TV or projector

Prerecorded Presentations by LSU AgCenter for On-Demand Viewing