Merrimack County Master Gardeners' Speakers' Bureau
Merrimack County Cooperative Extension has established a Speakers Bureau, manned by Master Gardeners, to serve the citizens of our 27 towns.
Who are the Master Gardeners?
Master Gardeners are trained volunteers who share their enthusiasm for gardening with the general public. Initiated in 1993, more than 600 Master Gardener volunteers have provided thousands of hours of volunteer service to their communities through a variety of activities coordinated through their local County Extension office. They provide practical home and garden education to help people and communities solve problems, develop skills and develop a better future. They answer questions at our Education Center and Info Line, at horticultural events, county fairs and farmers markets. Master Gardeners help create and manage school gardens, community gardens and demonstration gardens. They provide gardening information through news and social media and host workshops, tours, classes and clinics in their communities.
Training classes are held annually. Dates and locations vary. Learn how to become a master gardener by calling our Education Center and Info Line at 1-877-398-4769 or visiting their site.
Merrimack County Master Gardeners have a Speakers Bureau
Our trained Master Gardener volunteers will come to you to teach your group about a variety of garden-related topics. Presentations are approximately 50 minutes long. Some topics may include a demonstration or a hands-on component. Most are accompanied by handouts that cover the basics. Speaking arrangements should be made four weeks prior to the date of the presentation. A minimum audience of 10 people is required to secure a speaker.
- Building Healthy Soils
Healthy soil is the foundation of a great garden. In this session, you will learn how to evaluate the health of your garden soil, and you will learn techniques for improving your soil to support healthy plant growth.
- Fruits for New Hampshire Gardeners
Apples, peaches, blueberries, strawberries and more! In this session you will learn what it takes to grow a variety of tree fruits and berries in New Hampshire. We will cover choosing varieties, preparing the soil, planting, and care of your fruiting plants.
- Integrated Pest Management (IPM) for the Home Gardener
IPM uses a combination of non-chemical strategies to minimize damage from pests and diseases. In this session, you will learn how to use IPM techniques to keep your garden healthy and productive. IPM strategies for many common pests will be discussed.
- Vegetable Garden Basics
Learn what it takes to start a home vegetable garden, how to prepare the soil, what & when to plant, how to water, mulch, fertilize, and more!
- Starting Seeds for Your Vegetable Garden
Starting seeds can be an economical and rewarding way to grow your vegetable garden. In this session you will learn the ins and outs of starting seeds indoors and outdoors for a successful start to your gardening season.
- Putting the Garden to Bed
When the growing season is over, there is work to be done in the garden. In this session you'll learn how to put your garden and tools to bed for the winter. You will be rewarded next year with an easy start to the season and a garden with fewer pests and diseases.
- Other topics include:
- Container Gardening
- Pollinator Gardens
- Seed Saving
If you have an idea for a talk that is not on this list, contact our office at 796-2151 and we will do our best to fill your request. Please note: While there is no charge for Speaker Bureau presentations, we do ask that speakers are reimbursed for travel expenses in the amount of $10.00 - $25.00, depending on the distance traveled. The Speakers Bureau Coordinator will confirm the amount upon booking a presentation with your group.
Interested in securing a date with the Speaker's Bureau? Call 796-2151, ext. 300.