Minns Garden on the Cornell University campus (Cornell University Photography).  garden bench, container garden
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Our speakers can tell you how to make a striking container garden...

seedlings in a flat
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how and when to start seeds...

coneflowers and black eyed susans (echinacea & rudbeckia)
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teach you perennial basics...

and so much more! Call today to schedule a presentation!

Gardening Speakers


Gardening Presentations for Community Education

Cornell Extension Staff and Master Gardeners are available to provide 45-60 minute presentations for your organization. We offer a variety of research-based programs to Capital area civic and community associations, libraries, adult educational programs, garden clubs and societies for a nominal donation.



General Gardening
  • (Almost) Pesticide-free Gardening
  • Awakening the Garden in Spring 
  • Designing Your Garden: Tools and Tips
  • Gardening Basics 101
  • Gardening in a Changing Climate 
  • Interesting and Underused Trees 
  • Is This a Weed?
  • Keeping a Garden Journal 
  • Plant Propagation
  • Putting Your Garden to Bed
  • Shade Gardening: Dream of the Possibilities
  • Ten Top Weeds
  • Winter Interest
Flower Gardening
  • Clematis – Queen of the Flowering Vines 
  • Creating a Night Garden
  • Dahlias
  • Lower-Maintenance Perennial Gardening
  • Perennial Garden Basics
Native Plants & Pollinators
  • Bringing Native Plants into Your Garden
  • Butterfly Gardening Basics
  • Creating a Welcoming Garden for Hummingbirds and Butterflies
Indoor Plant Care
  • Orchids: Care at Home
  • The Care and Feeding of Holiday Plants
  • The Care and Feeding of Houseplants
Vegetable & Herb Gardening
  • Creating a Backyard Vegetable Garden
  • Introduction to Herbs - Growing, Using, and Drying
  • The Shaker Herb Garden: Creating a Heaven on Earth
  • Why Raised Beds for Gardening and How to Build Them
Container Gardening
  • Container Gardening: Tips and Techniques for Success
  • Gardening in Containers 101
  • Gardening in Containers: Fruits, Vegetables and Herbs
Other Educational Topics
  • Creating a Miniature Garden 
  • Healthy Habits for Gardening
  • Latin Lovers: How to Understand Botanical Names
  • Monet: Artist and Gardener
  • Shakespeare in the Garden
  • Wildflowers: Faces, Facts and Folklore
  • Work Less, Enjoy More: Gardening With Less Effort

Last updated April 19, 2021