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Master Gardeners Speakers Bureau

Master Gardener Volunteers offer lectures on a wide array of subjects for gardeners. 

Favorite topics include: Container Gardening; Home Composting; Vegetable Gardening; Small Space Gardens; Putting the Garden to Bed in Fall; and Native Species. We also provide talks on Invasive Species such as Jumping Worms and Spongy Moths. Additional topics can be prepared to meet a particular group’s needs or interests. 

The Master Gardener volunteers are avid gardeners who have received extensive training through Cornell Cooperative Extension.

The talks are 45 minutes in duration, followed by 10-15 minutes for questions from the group. 

A fee of $100 per speaker is paid to CCE, Community Horticulture, in support of ongoing community outreach. 

Checks may be made payable to “Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County” and mailed to our office in advance to: 2715 Route 44, Suite 1, Millbrook, NY 12545.

To arrange for a speaker, please complete the CCEDC SPEAKERS BUREAU REQUEST FORM and return it along with your payment.

For a detailed list of offerings, Please contact Heather Brenner at or 845-677-8223 x151


Heather Brenner
Community Horticulture Program Coordinator
845-677-8223 ext 151

Last updated April 5, 2024