Garden speakers bureau


The horticulturists and educators at Cleveland Botanical Garden are frequent speakers throughout Northeast Ohio on a variety of garden topics that may be of interest to your next group gathering. Program topics can be tailored to your interests, covering everything from soils and composting to cultivation of a variety of plant groups, or, choose from topics below. We offer dynamic, informative presentations that will educate and enlighten your audience:

45 minute talk, plus questions and answers
$100 plus mileage

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Speakers and Areas of Expertise

Cynthia Druckenbrod
Director of Horticulture
Tropical plants, desert plants, growing orchids, butterfly gardening, praying mantids, general integrated pest management, general entomology, Gardens of England, Australia, bulbs, sensory herbs, fall plantings, best perennials for pollinators, daylilies

Mark Hoover
General horticulture, vegetable gardening, turf care, annuals and perennial care and design

Mark Bir
Native shrubs, rhododendrons, azaleas, native wildflowers, general horticulture, shade gardening

Robin Johansen
Herb Gardener
Perennial border maintenance, plant propagation, herb cultivation and use, salvia, lily, hosta, sedum
Gary Esmonde
History of Cleveland Botanical Garden, Ohio gardening resources, Liberty Hyde Bailey - educator and prominent writer of horticultural literature, Gertrude Jekyll - famous British garden designer and artist, Johnny Appleseed - pioneer nurseryman, missionary and folk legend