Are you looking for a speaker for your club or organization?

As a part of the Virginia Cooperative Extension, Piedmont Master Gardeners offer speakers on a wide range of gardening topics in keeping with our mission to educate, engage, and inspire our Charlottesville-Albemarle communities to value and follow environmentally responsible, science-based horticultural practices. Our presentations are based on using environmentally sustainable, sound horticulture practices and principles and are informative and fun!  Fill out a request form here or contact our coordinator Michael Callahan at for any further questions.

After you have submitted a program request, our coordinator will give you a call to discuss your interests.  With enough lead time we can create a tailored talk for your organization.  Alternatively, we have the following talks prepared in a thirty to forty-minute PowerPoint format which can be presented by one of our Extension Master Gardeners.

Our prepared talk library includes:

  • Backyard Composting
  • Container Gardening
  • Growing Roses
  • Insects
  • Adding Natives to Your Landscapes
  • Getting Started in the Vegetable Garden
  • Basics of Food Preservation
  • Soil Food Web
  • Shade Gardening
  • Spring Garden Cleanup
  • Seed Starting
  • Sustainable Gardening and Landscape Practices in a Changing Climate
  • Deer-o-Scaping
  • “The Grass Is Always Greener on the Other Side,” but must it be?
  • Pollinators in Your Garden
  • “Love Food, Hate Waste”
  • “Spotted Lanternfly Hitches a Ride: Virginia Welcomes Its Newest Invasive Pest”

We do not charge a fee for speakers, however, as a non-profit volunteer organization, we accept and appreciate donations.  Your donation helps to support our various programs and activities in our community.