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):

  • Feb 19, 2020, Madisonville Garden Club, “Butterfly Gardening”
  • Feb 20, 2020, Aurora Plantation Garden Club, “Container Gardening”
  • March 4, 2020, Ferran-Taft Garden Club, “Summer Gardening”
  • Mar 13, 2020, Friday Afternoon Club, “Super Plants for your Summer Landscape”
  • March 15, 2020, Fleur de Lis Garden Club, “Natives”
  • April 2, 2020, Metairie Academy After School Garden Club, “Natives”
  • April 2, 2020, LA Garden Club Federation, “Historical LA Landscapes”
  • April 9, 2020, Shady Oaks Garden Club, “Native Plants”

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 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 Adele Mangipano
The Cottage Garden, Style and Seeds for the Gulf South * Tammany Baumgarten
Environmentally Friendly Gardening Dov Block
Farm to Table Anna Timmerman
Gardening for Small Spaces 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 Anna Timmerman
Learning to Live With and Love Water Dov Block
Made for the Shade (plus some Shady Natives) 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
Plant Propagation Sandy Pitre
Planting for Fall Interest* Tammany Baumgarten
Pollinator Protection Usha Ramadhyani
Salvia Anne Barnes
The Scented Path:  Planting to Perfume Your Garden * Tammany Baumgarten
School Gardens in Louisiana Dov Block
Summer Gardening 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 Roger Svoboda
Using Louisiana Native Plants in Your Garden NEW * Tammany Baumgarten
Vegetable and Herb Gardening – Fall
Vegetable and Herb Gardening – Summer
Vegetable and Herb Gardening – Winter
Dov Block
The Wildlife Garden Anne Barnes
Winter Herb Gardening Usha Ramadhyani
* Available only to groups of 50 or more
PowerPoint presentation – requires HDMI-compatible TV or projector