To schedule a speaker, contact UT Extension at 865-215-2340.
Speakers Bureau Topics:
Sample Speakers Bureau topics include items of general interest, including organic vegetable gardening, ornamentals (flowers and shrubs), and general topics such as composting, irrigation/watering, insects, weeds, and common diseases.
ABC's of Blueberries
Composting: Hot or Cold, Fast or Easy
Diagnosing Summer Lawn Problems
Don't Treat your Soil like Dirt
Getting Started with Herbs
Good Bug Gardening
Killer Tomatoes vs. Tomato Killers
Off With Their Heads! Pinching, Deadheading and Cutting Back
Pruning (basic rules and tools, as well as plant-specific pruning)
Propagating Plants: Making More of your Favorite Plants
Proper Planting and Care of Trees
Raised Beds: Build 'em and Fill 'em!
Safe Weed Control
Soil Preparation (Soil Testing/Soil Test Report)
Three B's: Bees, Birds, And Butterflies
Undertree Gardens - Tough Places for Tough Plants
In 2018, the Speakers Bureau gave 50 public presentations on a wide range of gardening topics.
There were four "regular" venues in 2018 (listed below) as well as many special presentations at community gardens, special events, and garden clubs.
Total attendance at all events was over 1,500 people, for an average of just over 30 people per event.
If you are a Master Gardener and would like to share your knowledge with the Speakers Bureau - or would like to provide "behind the scenes support", please contact Marsha Lehman, using the Knox County Master Gardeners directory.