Speaker at podium


What is the Speakers Bureau?

The Speakers Bureau provides knowledgeable Master Gardner speakers for events and meetings in the Bexar County area; including garden clubs, fairs, HOA and neighborhood associations, schools, senior centers, and more.

Master Gardeners can participate in the Speakers Bureau as a

  • Speaker – give presentations.
  • Assistant – assists the speaker at an event.
  • Presentation developer – works with the Speakers Bureau librarian to help develop new presentations for the Presentation Library.

How to Volunteer

Speaker – To volunteer as a speaker, email our Speakers Bureau Coordinator, Megan Kromer, contact her at [email protected], or fill out and submit the online Speakers Bureau Volunteer Contact Form below.  She will put you on the speakers list along with your list of topics on which you would be willing to give a presentation. When a request for a topic comes in she will contact the speakers listed for that program. Please respond yes or no so she will not have to follow up with a phone call. (Use volunteer hour Code 500)

Assistant – To volunteer to be an assistant, contact Megan to volunteer. (Use volunteer hour Code 500)

Presentation developer – To volunteer to help develop presentations, email our Speakers Bureau Librarian, Lynn Cox, or call her at 281-731-8855. For more information, contact Lynn.

Speaker Bureau Volunteer Contact Form

At the first of each year, speakers need to renew their commitment to the Speakers Bureau by submitting the following form. This provides the Speakers Bureau Coordinator with an updated list of MGs interested in participating for the coming year, along with current contact information and topic interests. If, at any time during the year, you would like to change the topics you are interested in giving you may use form to do so. Please list all topics for which you are willing to be a presenter each time you use the form.

    Contact Preference: EmailTextPhone

    Topics of Interest:

    Are you interested in attending a training of the presentations located in the Bexar County Master Gardener Library? YesNo

    Resources for Speakers

    Presentation Library – The BCMG Speakers Bureau has started a library of PowerPoint presentations that are available for all speakers to use. While not all topics are in the library at this time, we are adding more each year. All presentations have research-based information, appropriate logo and branding, and speaker notes. This attribution makes it easy for a speaker to use and eliminates the need for the speaker to prepare a presentation from scratch.

    The Presentation Library also contains presentation templates in both blue and green backgrounds for speakers who are preparing new presentations.  Templates have current logos an shared slides.

    To have access to the Library you will need to

    • Be on the Speakers Bureau list of speakers
    • Provide the Librarian with a gmail email address

    Gardening Library – The Gardening Library contains links to gardening and water conservation publications and websites to make it easier to access great researched-based information. This library is also available for the general public.

    Speakers will be able to use the library for presentation development and, instead of printing and taking paper copies of handouts to their presentations, they will be able to direct their audience to the publication and/or website in our library.

    Presentation Topics- Currently, the Speakers Bureau is able to offer presentations to the public on the following topics (Presentations in green can be found in the Presentation Library)

    Butterfly & pollinator gardening
    Backyard composting
    Cactus & succulents
       (Easy Backyard Composting)
    Container Gardening
    Drip Irrigation
    Earth-Kind® gardening
    Earth-Kind® roses
    Firewise landscaping
    Fruit trees

    Good bugs/bad bugs
    Growing herbs
       (Growing Herbs in Texas) 
    Irrigation efficiency
    Junior Master Gardener
    Making a Rain Barrel
    Native plants
    Oak wilt
    Organic/natural gardening
    Plant propagation
       (Easy Plant Propagation)
    Plants that thrive in SA
    Pruning shade trees

    Rain gardens
    Rainwater Harvesting
    Soil planting mediums
    Texas Superstars®
        (TX SS: Perennials & Tropicals)
    Tree selection and planting
    Lawn care
    Vegetable gardening
    Water conservation
    What BCMGs Do!
    Worm composting

    Wear The Shirt!

    In 2016 the Board of Directors approved the presentation of a distinctive “BCMG Speaker Shirt” to active members of the BCMG Speakers Bureau. This shirt will clearly identify our speakers as Master Gardener Speakers!

    The criteria for award of the BCMG Speaker Shirt is:

    • Complete five speaking engagements via the Speakers Bureau after October 1, 2016, and
    • Turn in the completed sign-in sheets for each of the speaking engagements to the BCMG Office.

    The first Speaker Shirt is complimentary. A second Speaker Shirt is available after fifteen speaking engagements that meet the criteria listed above. Additional Speaker Shirts will be available for purchase by speakers who have completed twenty speaking engagements.

    Anna Vogler, Water Conservation Coordinator, and Megan Kormer, Speaker Bureau Coordinator will jointly determine eligibility for award of the Speaker Shirt.