The Speakers Bureau


Speakers Bureau Reaches Out

The Speakers Bureau has made presentations to hundreds of people since its beginnings, providing information to help area residents grow healthy, sustainable gardens and landscapes.

If you are part of a group–garden club, homeowners association, church group–that needs to provide interesting programs for members, consider booking a program by the Speakers Bureau.

We have prepared about a dozen topics, all slide presentations, with a moderator (Master Gardener) available on your site or at the Arboretum (depending on availability). If you meet at the Arboretum, we can also do a tour of the gardens. At your site, a table and electricity are all the absolute requirements, although a screen or blank wall is helpful for projection (we can bring a screen only if absolutely necessary). Virtually any size group is welcomed.

General information

The New Hanover County (NHC) Cooperative Extension has developed a new and exciting program for our community. Master Gardeners are available to give educational lectures to local audiences on a variety of plant-related topics; the information can help average homeowners manage their landscapes. The lectures topics include turf management, tree and shrub selection, using native and drought-resistant plants, environmentally friendly pest management, and best practices for vegetable and fruit gardens.

The lectures are presented by a Master Gardener using PowerPoint slides, with many colorful pictures. Each program provides an entertaining topic overview with enough technical detail to be helpful yet not overwhelming. The programs run from 45 to 60 minutes in length but can be structured to fit an organization’s schedule. A question-and-answer period will be conducted at the end of the presentation.

We will provide a computer and projector for the presentation. You will need to provide a projector screen if possible, a small table for the projection equipment and an electrical outlet. The equipment set-up will require 10 minutes and can be completed prior to your meeting. For your planning purposes, the total time for the presentations will be between 45 and 60 minutes, including the Q&A. The presentations can be scheduled during the day or in the evening.

We think you will find the presentations entertaining and educational. For more information or to schedule a speaker, call Marianne Schroeder       (910) -798-7667

Program Descriptions

Trees for the 21st Century
This presentation discusses the attributes and advantages of trees that will do well in the Cape Fear region. It features pictures and information on small and medium size trees that will compliment the average home owner’s yard. It also reviews some of the challenges that face gardeners in this region and how to overcome them. The presentation is colorful with lots of pictures.
Living with the Natives! Gardening with Native Plants in the Cape Fear Region
Southern Turf: Grasses that Run
Earth-Friendly Landscape Practices
Landscape to Improve Resource Efficiency
Gardening in New Hanover County
A Cut Above
Krazy Containers
Coastal Landscape Plants

NC Cooperative Extension and Arboretum: 6206 Oleander Drive • Wilmington, NC 28403 • Phone 910-798-7660 • Fax 910-798-7678
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