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, Lauren Willis, or call her at 210-419-2530. She will put you on the speakers list along with your list of topics on which you would be willing to give a presentation. Then, regularly check the Speakers Bureau Schedule. If you find a request that fits your expertise and time frame contact Lauren to volunteer to be the speaker. (Use volunteer hour activity numbers: 902-Preparation, 903-Presentation, 904-Tear down)
Assistant – To volunteer to be an assistant, check the Speakers Bureau Schedule for a request that interests you and contact Lauren Willis to volunteer to assist with that program. (Use volunteer hour activity number 901-Administration)
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.See the Speaker Schedule >>
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.
Media Library (Future project) – The Media Library will be a repository of BCMG media (photos, video, etc.)
Presentation Topics- Currently, the Speakers Bureau is able to offer presentations to the public on the following topics (those with an ‘*’ can be found in the Presentation Library)
Easy Backyard Composting*
Basic landscape design
Butterfly and pollinator gardening
Bulbs and rhizomes for the SA Area
Cactus and succulents
Good bugs/bad bugs
Growing Herbs in Texas*
Irrigation efficiency (spray & drip)
Landscaping for wildlife
Making a Rain Barrel*
Easy Plant Propagation*
Plants that thrive in SA
Pruning Shade Trees*
TX SS: Perennials & Tropicals*
Tree selection and planting
What BCMGs Do!*
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 Lauren Willis, Speaker Bureau Coordinator will jointly determine eligibility for award of the Speaker Shirt.