Speaker’s Bureau Program Topics
Presentations are offered by the Master Gardeners of Greater Kansas City on the following topics as part of our community services. These topics are listed in alphabetical order. Detailed information on the presentation including the speaker’s name is available by clicking on the topic title.
Love these beauties, but can’t seem to grow them? Let’s change that….with knowledge and a few tips for success, you will enjoy these flowering plants and find that they are very low-maintenance.
Unsure of what kind of plant to invest in for your garden, containers, or landscape? In this class, we will learn the differences between annuals and perennials and discuss what options are available. Your requirements can make this decision easier for you to make, with this discussion.
Almost anything can be art…it’s in the eye of the beholder! You will learn that art could consist of discarded tools, lumber, iron, water, stone, a butterfly feeding station. Mass plantings in arches, circles, or other shapes can provide fun, beauty, and character to your garden.
Butterflies are pollinators and play an incredibly vital role in the food industry; however, their populations are declining. We need to learn how to sustain their populations. Let’s start with recognizing their needs, and identifying what plants attract them.
Space does not have to limit your gardening. Containers of all sizes, sorts, and shapes can be used anywhere for your foliage and flowering plants, and vegetables. We will learn various plant requirements that are a must for success.
Learn the where, when and how of creating a Rain Garden. Rain gardens are beneficial in reducing storm water and flooding problems using Native Plants.
This program will teach garden techniques which are safe to use in the environment. Focus is the management of insect garden problems by using the least toxic method or “Integrated Pest Management”.
A discussion of the uses of smaller shrubs in landscape and small garden applications.
Rose gardening made easy. Focus is on Earthkind and Easy Care roses for simplicity rather than on prize-winning bloom generation. Available any time of year, but better in spring or early summer.
Homeowners who own an Ash tree need to understand how this invasive insect is killing these trees. The decision whether to treat or remove these trees has many facets.
Gardeners, often a knowledge source for neighbors and friends, can gain full insight into the emerald ash borer insect which arrived from Asia in the mid-1990’s. Identification, treatment, research on the horizon, and advice on hiring professionals are some of the areas covered.
A great high-level overview for those new to lawn and garden care.
Tips and a to-do list of what you can do in advance to prepare for the fall planting of bulbs and how to add color with bulbs in containers.
How to restore and rejuvenate a damaged lawn. This one should be for late summer or early fall presentation.
Know what to do when extreme weather conditions threaten your garden.
Would you like to grow various Citrus species in containers? Give it a try and you will enjoy year-round pleasure of glossy foliage, beautiful flowers, heavenly fragrance and versatile fruit.
This class will be an introduction to herbs and using them for their culinary, medicinal, and spiritual benefits.
Glimpses from Eden to urban roof gardens will illustrate garden styles and design philosophies.
There’s really no mystery to growing plants indoors and keeping them healthy. In this course, you’ll learn how to grow bulbs, terrariums, succulents, cactus, foliage and flowering plants with ease.
Find out about the intrigues, honorifics, animosity, imagination, and creativity that are parts of botanical names. Learn about contemporary rules and regulations for naming plants.
Learn about all the reasons native plants are becoming popular in urban and suburban landscapes. Natives are diverse enough to provide gardeners with a multitude of choices for maintenance free gardens.
Potager gardens feed both our body and soul; learn to design your own!’
Growing native plants in the garden or your landscaping makes it easier on the gardener. In this course, we will learn that these plants can thrive in our climate and soil without much assistance from chemicals or fertilizers. Less maintenance is required once established giving you more time to enjoy it than work at it.
Knowing which orchid you are trying to grow is the key to its cultural requirements. Orchids, like all plants, need a balance of light, air, water and food to grow and flower well.
What, when and how of getting gardens and yards ready in the Spring. This one particularly aimed at early spring presentation.
In this class, we’ll learn that these water preserving plants are an easy-care choice for both indoor and outdoor gardeners. Many varieties are available as annuals, but can be wintered over and enjoyed again and again. Multiple succulent plants planted together make a big statement in a deco pot or a container garden.
Attracting these beautiful and necessary creatures is easy to do with a wide variety of plants. In this class, we’ll teach you to think native when you are designing your landscape and incorporate these plants with your annuals and perennials.
Cool-season or warm-season vegetables, when to plant, inter-planting and succession planting are all terms you’ll need to know to have a successful gardening season. Getting the most out of our crops is determined by our climate, location, and using the space efficiently; you will learn all of these things in class.