Speaker's Bureau Topics
The following programs are offered by St. Louis Master Gardeners.
Included in the list are five guided walking tours at the Missouri Botanical Garden. These tours are of the following specialty gardens: Goodman Iris Garden, Jenkins Daylily Garden, the Native Woodland Garden, the Sun Prairie, or a personalized tour of the Garden’s annual Orchid Show. The Orchid Show is presented at the Missouri Botanical Garden’s Ridgeway Center in February. The other tours are outdoor programs designed to discuss the growing of plants specific to each garden. The walking tours are available during their peak blooming period which is normally 4-6 weeks each year. Contact the speaker for specific dates.
If you have any questions pertaining to programs, please contact our Speakers Bureau Coordinator, Betsy Alexander at firstname.lastname@example.org
Speaker's Bureau Programs
Plants that Prickle or Poison. There are villains lurking in the garden. Find out if you are harboring one.
Go beyond Stella D'Oro! The modern daylily gives a spectacular display of color, color patterns, bloom and plant size when other garden plants are wilting in the heat and humidity.
An introductory frolic through the intriguing world of all things honeybee.
Ten botanical gardens are available for you to take an arm chair tour. Choose 3 of the listed gardens for your personalized adventure. They are all sites that have ben visited by Master Gardener, John Hensley.
This talk gives a comprehensive look at the ornamental, boxwood.
Companion Planting covers the history, benefits, implementation details, and the impact of plants on the insect populations present in your garden, both beneficials and pests.
A critical aspect of gardening is creating the soil necessary for lush, healthy plants.
Attract more birds, butterflies, and pollinators to your yard by creating an appealing design to welcome the natural world.
As we move through summer, days get shorter, fall starts, it is time to consider the steps we need to take to prolong the beauty of our gardens.
A history of Forest Park from the region's shaping by glaciers to the present landscape renovation efforts on Government Hill, Pagoda Circle.
Glades of Missouri - Nature's Gems
A picture program on the unique environment of Missouri's glades, their magnificent plants and unique animals.
Enjoy a history lesson on the growth and development of MBG.
A new talk that covers growing hydrangeas in St. Louis.
Do you want to change your outdoor space? Revise or modify what you have? Increase your property value? 2 talks are available from Terry Milne.
Ready for low maintenance, plus more birds and butterflies in your garden? Incorperating native shrubs and trees into your landscaping will achieve both.
There are many common, edible mushrooms in Missouri. This program gives information on finding mushrooms in the wild or even in your own backyard!
This program explores the history, magic, and beauty of orchids.
Learn how nature figured out solar energy eons before man did.
This talk is on a subset of plants taken from Bill Laws' book, Fifty Plants that Changed the Course of the History.
It includes plants that the speaker has identified as of special interest.
Have you ever suffered from pollen allergies? This talk will take you through the plant physiology involved and how to select plants that minimize allergen occurrence and your exposure to them.
Trying to perfect your home garden to the Better Homes and Gardens ideal? It is frustrating to do all of the right things and then find insects and plant diseases challenging your best attempts. Learn about common garden pests and diseases and how to manage them using safe, sustainable tactics.
Learn tips and tricks to make your garden less work and easier on your joints as you and your garden mature.
Get information for easy ways to protect yourself while you are working in your garden, including general safety tips and safe ways to lift, turn, carry, operate garden tools.
Learn specific ways to increase the biodiversity of your garden
Using the speaker's own photography, the program follows the succession of prairie plants from spring, summer, fall to winter.
Learn about adding the diminsion of fragrance to your garden.
Walking/teaching tour through the Native Sun/prairie Garden at M.B.G., Kemper Center.
Expand your gardening space by incorporating vertical elements into your overall design.
Garden design during the Victorian Period had unique elements. The overall look is described as opulent. Follow the program to learn the details of this fascinating period in gardening.
This program is a naturalist hiker's photo collection from exploring the High Sierras.
Take an arm chair trek thru Switzerland to view Alpine wildflowers. Your guide is Master Gardener/Master Naturalist Carol Gravens.
While you are snug in your home on a winter evening, there are several types of damage that can be happening outside in your garden.
As you prepare your garden for winter, it is time to think ahead about the coming spring. This program is designed to help you determine the basic steps needed to prepare ornamentals, trees, shrubs, and overall garden for the spring.