Speakers Bureau

What is the Speakers’ Bureau?  It is a group of Massachusetts Master Gardeners who are available to speak to garden clubs, civic organizations, schools and other    groups  on a wide variety of topics from the world of gardening, horticulture, landscaping and the environment.  Speakers choose the topics in which they feel proficient and offer slide or PowerPoint programs to illustrate their talk.  The Speakers’ Bureau also offers a limited number of demonstrations and hands-on workshops.

Who will be my speaker?  All members of the Speakers’ Bureau are Certified Master Gardeners with advanced knowledge and interest in the subjects in which they speak.  When you choose your topic, we will find a speaker who is available on that date.  Once you have a contract with the Speakers’ Bureau we will provide a brief bio of your speaker, sufficiently in advance for use in publicity.

What subjects do you speak on?  Below is a list of titles and areas in which we have speakers.  But don’t hesitate to ask us about topics not included that are of special interest to your club.  Many times we will have someone who can meet your needs.

Click here for a list of topics

How much do you charge?  Our fee is $125 for the Master Gardener Speakers’ Bureau plus $50 for the speaker to cover travel and other expenses.   The check for the Speakers’ Bureau should be made out to the Massachusetts Master Gardener Association (MMGA) and given to the speaker or mailed to the address listed on the contract. The speaker fee should be given to the speaker at the conclusion of  his/her presentation. There are additional fees for demonstrations and workshops to cover the actual cost of materials used.  These fees will be determined in advance and mutually agreed upon before the contract is signed.

Help!  My speaker just got sick!  Because we have a number of presenters available, we’ve been able to help clubs with last-minute substitutes for other speakers who become unavailable.  When we receive such a request, we canvass our speakers and get back to you with topics available based on the specialties of the individuals.  There is no premium for making a last-minute request, but program subjects may be limited.

How do I contact you?  Email Cindy Bortman-Boggess at speakers@massmastergardeners.org.