Find experts in a wide range of gardening and environmental topics for your next garden club meeting or special event. See our list of suggested presenters below.

Speakers are listed alphabetically by last name with areas of expertise highlighted below. Click on any name to learn more. Interested in being featured on this list? Submit this online application and we will follow up with you.

Matthew Alfs
Edible and medicinal weeds and wild plants


Faith Applequist
Pruning, fruit trees, trees for MN, climate change and steps to sustainability


Marty Bergland
Growing, preserving, drying and cooking with MN produce


Julia Brokaw
Pollinators, native bees, nesting habitat for bees, tallgrass prairie seed mixes and management, prescribed burns, science and conservation policy


Michelle Bruhn
Vegetable Garden Panning, Companion Planting, Composting, Chicken Keeping, Local Food For Thought, Winter Sowing, Small-Scale Homesteading, Maple Sugaring


Paul Buck
Tree pruning and maintenance, community gardens, greening projects, landscaping for wildlife and energy conservation, prairie gardens


Meg Cowden
Pushing the growing season; Season-extending strategies for spring and fall; Succession planting; Creating beautiful and functional food gardens with interplanting; Growing unique, novel, and unusual foods in cold climates; Adapting our gardening to climate change


Cheryl Culbreth
Restoration of native plant habitats to benefit pollinators and other wildlife, and effective strategies to control buckthorn, garlic mustard and other non-native invasive plants


Bob Dahm
Organic lawncare, alternative turf, biological buckthorn remediation, soil health, season extension for northern gardens


Elaine Evans


Thea Evans
stem and wood nesting bee ecology and conservation, pollinator conservation in gardens and landscapes, native plants for pollinators


Soni Forsman
Water gardening in containers, pondless waterfalls, growing lotus and waterlilies


Kiley Friedrich
Habitat, monarch conservation, pollinator research and habitat

Philippe Gallandat
Fearless pruning, garden art, plant propagation, container gardening, backyard berry growing, herbs, rock gardens, repairing shrub and tree injuries


Chad Giblin
Tree and shrub identification, developmental pruning of young trees, tree preservation techniques, advanced tree risk assessment technology and techniques, recreational tree climbing


Heidi Heiland
Container gardening, edible landscapes, perennials, horticultural therapy, future of gardenscaping, environmental trends


Russ Henry
Soil health, planting for pollinators, ecosystem heroes, avoiding pesticides, food forests


Heather Holm
Pollinators, native bee biology and natural history, beneficial insects, native plants, ecological landscape restoration, pollination ecology


Jane Horn 
Shade gardening, ornamental plant selection and design tips, containers for shade and sun


Mimi Hottinger
Urban forestry, invasive plant issues, pruning, choosing trees and shrubs


Jenn Hovland
Gardening, houseplants and floral design


Gail Hudson
Any topic concerning the home gardener! Spring bulbs, bulb-sprinkling technique & how to mix spring bulbs with perennials; how to choose the best perennials for your yard, best perennial combinations, beautiful entry gardens, shrubs with pizazz, shrubs for containers, the right small tree for your garden, ornamental grasses, native plants for sun & shade, pollinator gardens for sun and shade, landscape design for bee-friendly, earth friendly landscapes, designing an Asian-inspired garden, vegetable gardening.


Peter Juhl
Stone balancing, an ephemeral art form that employs natural stones to create amazing and meditative sculptures.


Joel Karsten
Straw bale gardening, landscape lighting, composting, building an outdoor room, year-round container gardening


Jennifer Knutson
Cutting garden, peonies, clematis, miniature gardens, shade gardens, moon gardens, houseplants, lilies, hostas, flowering shrubs, spring-blooming bulbds, attracting birds and butterflies, vines, outdoor entertaining

Vera Krischik
Pest management, Japanese beetles, pollinator conservation, native bees and pesticides, rose pests, climate change and insects, exotic insects


Debbie Lonnee
New perennials and woody plants, evolution of Bailey Nurseries brands


Jim Lovestar
Food dehydration, growing microgreens and sprouts, composting


Peter MacDonagh
Urban trees, greenroofs, trees and stormwater, green infrastructure, soil analysis, wetland and shore restoration, landscaping for wildlife


Diane McGann
Garden design rules, creating curb appeal, front entry gardening, therapeutic horticulture, art in the garden


Peggy Nerdahl
Lilies: jewels in the garden, examples of lily divisions in the genus lilium, planting, care and propagation of lilies, MN Hybridizers and their lilies, Lilies in New Zealand


Gail Nozal
Pruning trees and shrubs, landscaping for energy conservation, urban trees, evergreens, pests and diseases of urban trees, bur oak blight, oak wilt and Dutch elm disease


Lee Olson
Growing sprouts


Forrest Peiper
Lilies—general overview, trumpets and aurelians, and Adventures of a Backyard Hybridizer


Lisa Philander
Ethnobotanical talks, healing, South African medicinal plants


Vickie Pondell
Trees, shrubs, roses, perennials, nursery production practices


Ramsey County Master Gardeners
Climate Change in MN, Growing from Seeds, Home Composting, Houseplant Success, Pest Identification & Control, Pruning Trees & Shrubs, Physical Benefits of Being in Nature, Pollinator Support, Vegetable Gardening, Herb Gardening, Growing Microgreens, Food Preservation

Michelle Mero Riedel
Winter sowing, garden photography, cool-weather containers, best annuals and perennials, mixing veggies and herbs and flowers, container garden trends, adding adventurous color to the garden


Barbara Ronningen
Lilies 101, martagon lilies, plants for shade (not hosta), groundcovers, overwintering tender perennials


Theresa Rooney
Vegetable garden, sustainable/lazy permaculture, fall yard and garden care, hardy bulbs, critter control, garden in the shade


Kait Ryan
Public Horticulture Management, Integrated Pest Management Strategies and Challenges, Gardening with Sculpture/Art, Front Yard Gardening, Beyond the Tulip! Gardening with bulbs, Bare Branch Blooms! Adding early spring interest to the landscape, Minneapolis Park Gardens, Gardens of Seattle/Washington, Garden Travel Destinations


Stephen Saupe
Trees or shrubs of central MN, natural history of spring wildflowers, woodland flowers, edible wild plants


Susannah Shmurak
Eco-friendly yard practices, permaculture, growing natural remedies, foraging edible and medicinal plants, edible landscaping


Courtney Tchida
Planning your garden, starting seeds, growing vegetables and fruits, seed saving, organic and sustainable growing practices


Pete Widin
Perennial Vegetables, Perennial Medicinal Herbs/Plants, Intro to Ecological Landscaping, Edible Natives of the Midwest


James Wolfin
Pollinators, native plant gardening, bee lawns, sustainability, and turfgrass science


Benjamin Vogt
Garden ethics, landscaping for climate change, using natural plant layers for low maintenance design, gardening for winter interest, converting lawn to meadow, working with weed ordinances, seeding the garden


Amanda Yadav
Microgreens, growing microgreens at home