To Request Speakers


Our Master Gardeners have prepared a number of topics that they are available to present. Please click the speaker’s name beside the topic to access the page about the Master Gardener who is available to speak.

African Violets,Leonora Robertson
Aldridge Gardens Group Tour,David Doggett
Annuals,Leonora Robertso
Aromi Azaleas,David Doggett
Archives and Rare Books,Jason Kirby

Beyond the Roof, Stormwater management,
Hana Berres
Bio-dynamic Farming,Robyn Mitchell
Butterfly/Hummingbird Gardening,Charlene Chaband
Celebrating 50 Years at The Birmingham Botanical Gardens,Jason Kirby
Coping with the Garden as You and Your Garden Age,Mike Rushing
Composting, Charlene Chaband
Container Gardening,Karen MitchellLeonora Robertson
Digitilized Movie: The History of BBG,Jason Kirby
“French” Hydrangeas,David Doggett
From Kitchen Gardens to Flora of the Civil War,Jason Kirby
Gardening for Wildlife,Peggy Thompson,Leonora Robertson
Garden Media: Garden Trends Report (GTR)
2018,Jason Kirby
Garden Myths addressed in Master Gardener classes,Mike Rushing
Garden Reference Books and Resources,David Doggett
Garden Tourism,Mike Rushing
Herbs,Jennifer Hicks
Hydrangea Pruning,David Doggett,MikeRushing
History of Garden Clubs,Jason Kirby
History of The Birmingham Botanical Gardens,Jason Kirby
Hydrangeas,David Doggett
Japanese Maples,David Doggett
Landscaping for Wildlife,Peggy Thompson,Leonora Robertson
Landscaping with Japanese Maples,David Doggett
Maintaining the Home Garden,Mike Rushing
Native Plants,Peggy Thompson
Orchids,Leonora Robertson
Panicle Hydrangeas,David Doggett
Planting, Transplanting, and Repotting Trees & Shrubs,David Doggett
Perennials,Richard Cybulsky
Propagating Hydrangeas,David Doggett
Pruning Basics, Mike Rushing
Pruning Hydrangeas,Mike Rushing,David Doggett
Raised Bed Vegetables,Jennifer Hicks
Roses,Jennifer Hicks
Shade Gardens,
Richard Cybulsky
Surprising Things Learned in Master Gardener Class,David Doggett
The Gardens of Emily Dickinson,Jason Kirby
The Apollo 14 – Moon Tree Project, Jason Kirby
Vegetable Gardening,Karen Mitchell,Leonora Robertson
Walk & Talk through the Host Garden, Mike Rushing
What to Expect from you Yard Crew,Mike Rushing
Wild Hydrangeas,David Doggett


Hana Berres
Charlene Chaband
Richard Cybulsky
David Doggett
Jennifer Hicks
Jason Kirby
Karen Mitchell
Robyn Mitchell
Leonora Robertson
Mike Rushing
Peggy Thompson

There is no charge for our volunteers, but the Master Gardener may accept reimbursement for mileage and materials. Honorariums to the Jefferson County Master Gardener Association are accepted and are much appreciated. Mail donations to JCMGA, c/o Bethany O’Rear, Regional Extensions Agent, 2612 Lane Park Road, Birmingham, AL 35223-1802.

If you are a Jefferson County Master Gardener who is interested in becoming one of the speakers, you canemailHopeLongcall her at205-414-3931, or drop by The Library at BBG, where she is the director. Please provide your contact information and your topics. You will be asked to write something short about yourself and your topic for your Speaker’s page. You can look through what some of the other speakers have written for ideas. We look forward to hearing from you.

JCMGA 2021