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Johnson County

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Johnson County
11811 S. Sunset Drive
Suite 1500
Olathe, KS 66061

Office Hours:

Monday - Friday,
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

(913) 715-7000
(913) 715-7005 fax

Map to our office

K-State Research and Extension is committed to making its services, activities and programs accessible to all participants. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting Johnson County Extension at (913)715-7000. Notify staff of accommodation needs as early as possible.

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K-State Research and Extension is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Extension Master Gardener Speakers Bureau

Extension Master Gardeners speaker at Healthy Yards ExpoDoes your group need an educational program or speaker for a meeting? Try the Extension Master Gardener (EMG) Speakers' Bureau. Program speakers are trained by the Johnson County Extension Service and receive a minimum of 40 hours of training from Kansas State University plus, additional advanced training.

The Extension Master Gardener Program is a volunteer educational service with the mission of providing sound horticulture information to the residents of Johnson County. Presentations are informal using a variety of teaching methods depending on the speaker and setting. The presentations are informative, chock full of useful information and fun!

To arrange for your Extension Master Gardener's presentation, contact the Johnson County Extension Service. You will be put in contact with the volunteer coordinator for the Speakers' Bureau. The coordinator will then match your needs with one of our many speakers. We request that there be at least 10 people per presentation.

While no fees are charged for Extension Master Gardener presentations, any honoraria donated is greatly appreciated, and will go to providing reference materials and assisting the various programs sponsored by the Extension Master Gardeners.

Following is a list of topics. It is an extensive list, as Master Gardener volunteers have diverse interests and specialties. Choose a topic from the list, or visit with the Speakers’ Bureau coordinator about designing a presentation for the needs of your group.

Flower Gardening

  • 4-season Container Gardens
  • 50 Ways to Kill Your Hostas
  • Bulb ABC: Fall Planting & Forcing Bulbs
  • Butterfly Gardening
  • Colorful Shade Gardening: Beyond Hostas
  • Container Gardening
  • Container Gardening: Pretty Enough to Eat
  • Designing Perennial Gardens
  • Drought Tolerance Perennials
  • Elements of Design: Design Techniques for Every Size and Shape of Garden (2018)
  • English Style Garden in the Prairies
  • Fabulous Foliage (Later 2018)
  • Fairy Gardens
  • Fall Blooming Perennials
  • Flowers and the Stories They have to Tell
  • Gardening for a Lifetime
  • Gardening for Pollinators
  • Gardening in Small Spaces (2018)
  • Gardens & Gardening in the Kansas City Area, A Practical Guide
  • Long Blooming Perennials
  • Incorporating Native Plants in an Urban Environment
  • Made in the Shade with Hostas
  • Shade Gardening: The Important Blessing of Shade (2018)
  • Succession Planting in a Flower Garden for Continuous, Changing Color (2018)
  • The Village English Garden
  • Vertical Gardening


  • Creative Houseplants: Planting for Usefulness


  • Drip Irrigation
  • Hardscapes & Garden Paths
  • Landscape Design Process (2018)
  • Permaculture for the Home Landscapes
  • Pocket Gardens: Big Impact for Small Spaces
  • Creating Garden Rooms (2018)
  • Curb Appeal
  • Reclaiming Your Landscape through Pruning
  • Updating Your Foundation Planting to Give Your Front Door More "WOW"

Trees and Shrubs

  • EAB update plus what to plant?
  • Emerald Ash Borer
  • Favorite Trees for KS Landscapes
  • Oak Leaf Itch Mites
  • Underutilized Trees for Small Yards

Tours of Extension Master Gardens

  • Guided tour to Garden Gallery
  • Guided tour to Shawnee Indian Mission


  • Compost & Soil Health
  • Efficient Composting: Which Method Suits You?
  • It all Begins with the Soil
  • KS Healthy Yards & Communities: What's it all about?

Vegetable Gardening

  • Cool Season Vegetable Gardening
  • Easy to Grow "Super" Foods
  • Edible Flowers (2018)
  • Edible Landscaping
  • Food Production in Small Suburban Lots
  • Fruit Trees and Berries
  • Growing Berries & Fruits
  • Growing Great Tomatoes
  • Growing Micro greens
  • Growing Vegetables Successfully in KS
  • Herbs 101: Health, Culinary and Medicinal
  • How to Shop Your Local Farmer Market (2018)
  • How to Start a Vegetable Garden
  • Organic Gardening
  • Seeds to Table: The ins and outs of Growing your own Food
  • Spring Garden Preparations
  • Small Orchards in Suburban Landscapes
  • The Energy Efficient Garden: Ways to Garden with Minimum Inputs
  • The Local Food Movement: Past to Present
  • Victory Gardens
  • Winter Coldframes and Hoop Houses
  • Winter Gardening: Growing Greens to Beat the Blues


  • Butterfly 101
  • Gardening for Wildlife


  • American Slave Gardens
  • Basic Garden Photography
  • Beekeeping
  • Circumvent Common Gardening Mishaps
  • Community Gardens
  • Fall Lawn Care
  • Making Your Yard Safer for Pets
  • Plant Tissue Culture for Dummies…Like Me
  • Spring Lawn and Garden Preparation
  • Shakespearean Gardens
  • When Good Intention Planting Turned Invasive…Oh My!
  • Yard Sense: The Sensible Ways to Garden

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To arrange for your EMG presentation:

Contact Us

Mary Matthew, EMG Volunteer Coordinator
Phone: (913) 715 - 7000