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

Garden Design and Maintenance

Topic Every Backyard Counts
Speaker Krista Callear - 717-343-0021 - kgriffin146@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 hour
Visuals Flip chart, slide presentation
 Handouts No
 Availability Flexible
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 Varied to suit - 1 to 3 hours
Visuals Flip chart, slide presentation
Handouts No
Availability Flexible
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 1 - 2 hours
Visuals PowerPoint presentation
Handouts Usually none
Availability
Please email for availability

Miscellaneous

Topic Is Orchid Growing for You?
Speaker Jay Holcomb - jay530@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 Growing Your Garden Photography Skills
Speaker Karen Mitchell - runnerkmitchell@yahoo.com
Description This session is for people who love to take pictures of gardens and plants, but sometimes wonder why their picture don’t look like they expected them to.

Topics:  How to make a good photograph, how to ensure pictures aren’t too dark or too fuzzy, how to use the bells and whistles on your camera and how to get great pictures with your smart phone.
Length 1 – 2 hours
Visuals
PowerPoint presentation and pictures
Handouts Usually none
Availability
Please email for availability
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

 

Topic Introduction to MAEscapes
Speaker Linda Silverman - 764-1394 - silvy44@comcast.com
Description What is it 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
Topic Community Gardens - Building a Healthy York Community
Speaker Bruce G  Manns -717 424-2813 - lordofwork@maranatha.net
Description Presentation focuses on the idea of creating a community garden. If your community (neighborhood, borough, township, church, etc) has ever thought of growing food or beautification of your local area, here are some ideas and pointers on how to get started.
Length 1 hour assuming question/answers (total 22 slides)
Visuals PowerPoint
Handouts Penn State Extension "Tool kit"
Availability
Evenings, Saturdays. Like some lead time to schedule

Mulch and Soil

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
 Contact Speaker

 

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 Flip charts, slide presentation
Handouts No
Availability Flexible