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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.

The speakers are:

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


Aldridge Gardens Group Tour” (a field trip to Aldridge Gardens) David Doggett

The Apollo 14 – Moon Tree Project, Jason Kirby

The Archives and Rare Book Room at Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Jason Kirby

Aromi Azaleas  Native Azaleas from an Alabama Native, David Doggett

A Walking Tour of the Aldridge Gardens Japanese Maple Trail” (a field trip to Aldridge Gardens,  David Doggett

Attracting Butterflies Back to Your Yard, Richard Cybulsky

Beyond the Roof,  about storm water management, Hana Berres

Butterfly/Hummingbird Gardening, Charlene Chaband

Celebrating 50 Years at The Birmingham Botanical Gardens (1963-2013), Jason Kirby

Composting, Charlene Chaband

Container Gardening, Karen Mitchell

Digitized Movie: The Grand Opening of The Conservatory at Birmingham Botanical Gardens (Tuesday, December 18, 1962), Jason Kirby

Easy-Prop” Hydrangea Propagation, David Doggett

Endless Summer Hydrangeas, David Doggett

French Hydrangeas, David Doggett

Garden Media: Garden Trends Report (GTR) 2019-, Jason Kirby

Garden Reference Books and Resources – A review of indispensable garden reference books, David Doggett

The Gardens of Emily Dickinson, Jason Kirby

Go Wild with Hydrangeas, David Doggett

I Got Those Hydrangea Blues, David Doggett

Hello, Hydrangeas, David Doggett

History of Lane Park (Birmingham, Alabama), Jason Kirby

Hydrangea Pruning,  David Doggett

Hydrangea Winter Pruning and Propagation, David Doggett

Japanese Maples: the Aristocrat of Trees, David Doggett

From Kitchen Gardens to Flora of the Civil War, Jason Kirby

Landscaping with Japanese Maples, David Doggett

Native Azaleas for Alabama Gardens,  David Doggett

Native Azaleas of Aldridge Gardens, David Doggett

Native Plants, Peggy Thompson

Oakleaf Hydrangeas,  David Doggett

Panicle Hydrangeas – the Hardy Hydrangea, David Doggett

Perennials, Richard Cybulsky

Planting, Transplanting, and Repotting Trees and Shrubs, David Doggett

The Postcard Collection of the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Jason Kirby

Pruning Tips, David Doggett

Raised Bed Veggies, Herbs and Roses, Jennifer Hicks

Shade Gardening, Richard Cybulsky

Surprising Things I Learned in Master Gardener’s Class, David Doggett

Vegetable Gardening, Karen Mitchell

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 can email Hope Long call her at 205-414-3931, or drop by The Library at Birmingham Botanical Gardens, 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.  

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