04 Oct Find Inspiration at greatgardenspeakers.com
The Pacific Northwest is blessed with having legions of avid gardeners who belong to countless garden clubs and horticulture organizations. I have been a member of the Alderwood Garden Club for 14 years, since my daughter turned three and could go to preschool on Thursday mornings when the club held its meetings. The club was actually founded over 80 years ago! (The club’s scrapbooks have photos of its earliest days, with the members wearing floral dresses, hats and gloves to their meetings. So not today’s garden club attire!) Many beginning gardeners first get hooked by the camaraderie and fun of gardening by becoming active in garden clubs. I know I did.
Garden clubs, organizations and botanical gardens are always searching for engaging speakers for their member programs, and often don’t know where to find them. Now there’s an excellent resource for garden clubs and other organizations nationwide – http://www.greatgardenspeakers.com/. This is a new website, created by five full-time garden communicators: Debra Prinzing, Mary Ann Newcomer, Nan Sterman, Amy Stewart and Scott Calhoun. All have been speakers at past Northwest Flower & Garden Shows, and Debra, Mary Ann and Nan will be speaking again in 2011.
Great Garden Speakers operates on a simple premise: it is devoted to connecting inspiring speakers with their garden loving audiences. It’s an invaluable new service for both organizations looking for high quality horticulture education and the speakers who can provide it.
If you’re the program planner for your club or organization (or if you know the program planner) share this information with them. You can search the website by topic, or by region to find speakers in your area. You can also search the “Coming to a City Near You” to find our who might be speaking locally in the future. (I will be posting many of the speakers who will be traveling to the 2011 Garden Show from out of state.) That way you might be able to share the travel expenses with another club or organization. As the interest in this site grows, there will be more speakers to choose from, and there’s also a way you can post a review after you’re heard a speaker. – Janet