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Programming Requests

If you're interested in having a Shawnee County Extension Master Gardener give an educational presentation for your group, class or club, please download the below application.

Completed applications should be sent to Bessie Tolbert (bessiet@ksu.edu) or mailed into our office (1740 SW Western Ave, Topeka KS) at least 8 weeks prior to your desired presentation date. This timeline is critical for our volunteers and staff! We need time to publish your request in our newsletter, announce it at our monthly meeting and customize a presentation for your group. 

Presentation topics vary according to volunteer availability. Potential topics include: compost, perennial flowers, indoor plants, lawn care, planning a garden, container gardening, shade gardening, herbs, rain barrels and more! 

Ariel Whitely-Noll, Horticulture Agent
785-232-0062, ext. 104 or e-mail arielw@ksu.edu

Bessie Tolbert, Master Gardener Coordinator
785-232-0062, ext. 109 or e-mail bessiet@ksu.edu

Marc Galbraith, Response Line Coordinator
785-232-0062, ext. 107 or e-mail marc14@ksu.edu

Our philosophy is to help people help themselves by taking university knowledge to where people live, work, play, develop and lead.  We work at being responsive to the needs of the people by focusing our resources on providing quality information, education and problem-solving programs for real concerns.


Ariel Whitely-Noll

Horticulture Agent
(785) 232-0062 ext. 104

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Have questions?  The Response Line is staffed by trained Extension Master Gardeners who will assist you with your tree, lawn and garden questions.

Phone: 785-232-0062
ext. 105 or 106
Response Line Hours:
Open April through September
Monday through Friday
1 p.m. to 5 p.m.