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Speakers Bureau

Due to recent changes in MGGKC leadership, Speakers Bureau activities are temporarily suspended. If you have questions or would like to volunteer for MGGKC Speakers Bureau, please contact Cathy Bylinowski, Horticulture Educator, 816-252-5051,

The Master Gardeners of Greater Kansas City Speakers Bureau brings science to gardeners in metropolitan Kansas City through fun, engaging talks based on research-based gardening information.  The Speakers Bureau offers a wide variety of topics to garden clubs, plant societies, adult education programs and community groups.

Speakers are Master Gardener volunteers who have completed the Master Gardener training provided by the University of Missouri Extension.  Their prepared presentations reflect their interest and expertise in the offered subject.  Presentations are typically 30-45 minutes in length.  Speakers appreciate an attendance of ten or more.

Talks are offered free of  charge but a donation to support Master Gardener Community Projects is very much encouraged and appreciated.

Program Topics:

Attracting Pollinators, Wildlife and Birds

  • Making Your Garden Buzz: Planting a Bee Friendly Garden
  • Beekeeping 101
  • Birds, Bees & Butterflies in your Back Yard
  • Attracting Pollinators to your Garden
  • Planting a Prairie Garden
  • How to Create a Butterfly Garden
  • Natives in the Landscape
  • Attracting and Raising Swallowtail Butterflies
  • Building a Suburban Garden for Monarch Butterflies
  • The Importance of Pollinators in your Garden

Container Gardening

  • Container Gardening
  • Four Season Container Gardening
  • Growing Citrus for the Senses
  • Succulent Gardening in Containers
  • Herb Gardening in Containers
  • Vegetable gardening in containers

Conservation of the Environment

  • Rain Gardens
  • Rain Barrel Gravity Feed Drip Irrigation

Flower Gardening

  • Annuals vs. Perennials
  • Fall Bulb Prep for Containers
  • Perennials 101
  • Succulents

Fun Gardening Topics

  • Art in the Garden
  • How Plants Get their Botanical Names
  • Highlights of Gardening History
  • History of Women in Botany
  • Garden Safety
  • Growing Citrus for the Senses

Indoor Gardening

  • African Violets
  • Orchids 101
  • Houseplants & Indoor Gardening
  • Growing Citrus for the Senses
  • Top Ten Houseplants

Lawn Care

  • Fall or Spring Lawn Care

Pest Management

  • Managing Japanese Beetles in the Home Landscape
  • Japanese Beetle History, Destruction and Management
  • Debugging your Garden
  • Emerald Ash Borer is Here
  • Emerald Ash Borer for Homeowners
  • Pesky Pests–Ants to Whitefly
  • The Fight Against Bush Honeysuckle

Tree Care

  • Fruit Tree Propagation from Cuttings

Vegetable Gardening

  • Vegetable Gardening in Containers
  • Vegetable Gardening 101
  • Herb Gardening 101
  • Preserving the Harvest

Winter Gardening

  • Indoor Seed Starting and Winter Sowing


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