York County, PA Master Gardener Speakers Bureau

The Master Gardener Speakers Bureau provides a wide variety of topics for presentations to various organizations and community groups.

The York County, PA Master Gardener Speakers Bureau Master Gardeners provides a wide variety of topics for presentations to various organizations and community groups.

To engage a Master Gardener to speak to your organization, choose the topic and speaker from the list below and contact the Master Gardener speaker directly. If you have any questions about the Speakers Bureau, please call Kelly at Penn State Extension, York County, 717-840-7408.

Master Gardeners speak as volunteers and cannot receive compensation for their time.  Donations to the York County Master Gardener program, however, are welcomed.  If you wish to donate,  please make your check out to PSCE Program Fund.

Speaker Information

Attracting Wildlife/Native Plants

Topic
Gardening for Hummingbirds
Speaker Vi Stailey - 717 292-2488 -  ViStailey@aol.com
Description How to attract hummingbirds to your garden.
Length 30 - 45 minutes
Visuals PowerPoint slides, pictures
Handouts  Yes
Availability Anytime
Topic How to Attract Birds to Your Garden
Speaker Karen Mitchell - runnerkmitchell@yahoo.com
Description

This session covers:

  • What birds need and how to provide these things
  • Use of native plants in your landscape to attract native birds
  • Homeowner practices to attract birds
Length Generally 1 hour
Visuals PowerPoint presentation and pictures
Handouts Usually none
Availability Please email for availability
Topic Every Backyard Counts
Speaker Krista Callear - 717-343-0021 - kgriffith146@comcast.net
Description Promotes bird-friendly backyards including garden design considerations, common birds to feeders, preferred food, resources.
Length 20 minutes plus questions
Visuals published resources, PowerPoint
 Handouts Yes
 Availability

Evenings and week-ends

Topic Designing with Perennials
Speaker John Geoghan - 717 246-0617 - no1filsfan@yahoo.com
Description How to select and plant your perennials so that constant color and interest in your garden is extended throughout the year. Types of plants and when they bloom.  How to propagate them and when to plant and prune.
Length 1 to 2 hours
Visuals PowerPoint
 Handouts No
 Availability Call for availability
Topic Grasses for the Meadow
Speaker Linda Silverman - 764-1394 - silvy44@comcast.net
Description Native grasses and meadows are a great alternative to lawn. Learn about some great plants and techniques for planting them.
 Length 45 minutes to 1 hour
 Visuals PowerPoint
 Handouts Yes
 Availability Call for availability
Topic Low Maintenance Landscape
Speaker John Geoghan - 717 246-0617 - no1filsfan@yahoo.com
Description Lecture type presentation that discusses methods for planting that eliminates or greatly reduces time spent maintaining the gardens. Proper mulching, use of pavers and which plants to use are discussed.
Length 1 to 2 hours
Visuals PowerPoint
Handouts No
Availability Call for availability
Topic Designing and Planting a Rain Garden
 (to capture rain where it falls)
Speaker Karen Mitchell - runnerkmitchell@yahoo.com
Description Why homeowners should plant a rain garden; how to design and locate a rain garden; what plants to use and how to plant it.
Length 1hr
Visuals PowerPoint presentation
Handouts Yes
Availability Please email for availability

Miscellaneous

Topic Is Orchid Growing for You?
Speaker Jay Holcomb - jayh530@comcast.net - 717-252-6092
Description Orchids for the novice and how to grow them. Orchid genera such as Phalaen0psis, Cattleya and Paphiopedilum will be discussed and cultural information will be provided for each.
Length 45 minutes
Visuals PowerPoint presentation
Handouts No
Availability Flexible
Topic Iris for the Garden
Speaker Jay Holcomb - jay530@comcast.net - 717-252-6092
Description All iris are good garden plants.  Which ones should you grow?  Bearded, Louisiana, Siberian and Japanese iris will be described, along with their culture
Length 45 minutes
Visuals PowerPoint presentation
Handouts Summary handout available if requested
Availability Available during the day as well as in the evening
Topic Hobby Greenhouse - What is it and How can it be constructed?
Speaker Jay Holcomb    jayh530@comcast.net or 717-252-6092
Description A hobby greenhouse can be enjoyable.  This presentation gives an overview of where a greenhouse should be located as well as the types of greenhouses and what materials can be used to cover them
Length 45 minutes
Visuals PowerPoint presentation
Handouts Summary handout available if requested
Availability Available during the day as well as in the evening
Topic Gardening with Arthritis or Fibromyalgia
Speaker Maryann Mawhinney  - 717 432-2814 - msmmaryann@comcast.net
Description If you've always love the pleasure of tending your own garden you don't have to give up the fresh vegetables and flower just because you have arthritis or fibromyalgia. In fact, gardening is a great activity for maintaining joint flexibility, range of motion and quality of life. A few simple modifications can help you keep your garden growing with ease. One long table required
Length 45 minutes to one hour
Visuals Show and Tell demonstrations
Handouts Yes
Availability Evenings and some weekends
Topic Is this a Weed?
Speaker Maryann Mawhinney  - 717 432-2814 - msm@paonline.com
Description Not sure if what's growing in your garden is a weed or a wanted plant? Learn the definition of a weed and your own personal preferences for eliminating or keeping these plants in your garden. Includes identification of weeds common to the local area. Demonstrations of techniques and tools to make weeding more fun. One long table required.
Length 45 minutes to one hour
Visuals PowerPoint presentation. Demonstration of weeding tools.
Handouts Yes
 Availability  Evenings and some weekends
Topic The Gardens at John Rudy County Park
Speaker Frank Reed - 717 757-3046 - FReedPSEP@aol.com
Description Frank Reed, the managing co-leader of the Gardens at John Rudy County Park, will highlight the various aspects of the Gardens in this PowerPoint talk. These Penn state educational and demonstration gardens include annual and perennial flowers, native grasses, native shrubs, vegetables, fruit crops and herbs.  In addition, there are a Compost Demonstration Area, Adaptive Gardening and Raised Bed demonstrations.
Length One hour with questions
Visuals PowerPoint
Handouts Yes
Availability Generally available

 

 Ecological Landscaping

Topic Introduction to MAEscapes
Speaker Linda Silverman - 764-1394 - silvy44@comcast.com
Description What is ecological landscaping and how can we use these concepts in our gardens? Learn the reasons behind planting natives and the principles of MAEscapes ( Mid-Atlantic Ecological Landscaping ).
Length 45 minutes to 1 hour
Visuals PowerPoint
Handouts Yes
Availability Call for availability

Soil/Composting

Topic Backyard Composting
Speaker John Geoghan - 717 246-0617 - no1filsfan@yahoo.com
Description A lecture presentation which discusses how to recycle kitchen and the yard waste into a humus-like soil amendment, what can be recycled in what amounts using what methods .
Length 1 hour
Visuals PowerPoint presentation furnished by Department of Environmental Protection
Handouts  
Availability Call for availability

 

Propagation

Topic Plant Propagation
Speaker John Geoghan - 717-246-0617 no1filsfan@yahoo.com
Description A lecture type presentation that discusses various means of starting your own plants from seeds, divisions, layering and cuttings. The information centers on what methods to use on which plants and the degree of ease.
Length Varied to suit between 1 - 3 hours
Visuals PowerPoint
Handouts No
Availability Call for availability