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Speaker Requests

Speaker Requests

Request a Wylde Center representative to come to your location and give a presentation on selected topics. The standard fee is $75 for a presentation that is up to 1hr.   If your group would like to come to the Oakhurst Garden the fee is $50 for a presentation.

We currently have 3 presenters who may be available to speak to your garden club or group on over 15 topics. We recommend requesting a speaker 3 weeks or more in advance.  To check speaker availability contact Program Coordinator Andrea Zoppo at Andrea@Wyldecenter.org

Stephanie Van Parys
Geographical Preference: 15 mile radius around Decatur

Stephanie Van Parys has served as the Executive Director of the Wylde Center, formerly the Oakhurst CommunityGarden Project since March 2005. She lives in Decatur with her husband, three kids, chickens, dog, and a large garden. Stephanie shares what she knows about vegetable gardening with garden clubs, company lunch and learns, church groups, and civic groups.  She has taught classes at the Atlanta Botanical Garden for over 14 years.

Stephanie’s Current topics

  • What vegetables to plant for your spring garden.
  • What vegetables to plant for your fall garden.
  • What vegetables to plant for your summer garden.
  • Sowing vegetables from seed all year long.
  • Lasagna Bed Gardening – Never till again!
  • Cover Crops

Anne-Marie Anderson, GCLP
Geographical Preference: 15 mile radius around Decatur

Anne-Marie Anderson is a firm believer in fresh air, urban farming and the power of Mother Nature. Her Decatur-based business, The Celtic Gardener, promotes responsible stewardship of the earth’s precious resources through sustainable landscaping practices such as rainwater harvesting, composting and the use of Southern natives and heirloom plants that actually like it here.  She specializes in edible landscaping and urban animal husbandry, particularly chickens and bees. Anne-Marie is a graduate of the University of Cambridge, England. She has lived in Atlanta for 15 years, growing to know and love our climate and native vegetation as a Master Gardener and Georgia Certified Landscape Professional. She teaches Chickens are Easy and Kids in the Coop at the Wylde Center, and is Chair of the 2012 Urban Coop Tour. She is also a Certified Beekeeper.

Ann-Marie’s Current Topics:

  • Urban farming (edible landscaping, food gardens, chickens, bees)
  • Chickens
  • Bees
  • The sustainable garden (natives, Southern heirlooms, rainwater harvesting, composting, mulch)
  • Children’s gardens

Michael McLane
Geographical Preference: Alpharetta & Roswell, GA and will travel as far as Decatur

Michael McLane  has been an organic vegetable gardener for 14 years and is an avid proponent of sustainable farming and local foods. Michael is an active volunteer for the Riverside Farmers Market (Roswell), UGA Cooperative Extension Service, Chattahoochee Nature Center Unity Garden, Georgia Organics and the Wylde Center where he teaches a variety of urban farming topics. He is a retired technology industry executive and former Director of a non-profit. Michael has lived in Historic Roswell with his wife and son for 15 years.

Michael’s Current topics

  • Wide range of composting, including Vermiculture & Teas
  • Basic chickens
  • Cover Crops & Rotations
  • Healthy Soils
  • Organics vs. Conventionally Grown Food
  • State of farming in America

Véronique Perrot
Geographical preference: within 15 miles of Candler Park, Atlanta.

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Véronique Perrot moved to Atlanta in 1994 from France and Switzerland, where she was educated as an agronomist and an evolutionary biologist. She now looks at her garden as a vast ecology experiment. She has been involved with the Wylde Center since 2009, and currently teaches classes and helps coordinate their plant sale. She grew up in Paris but spent enough time in Burgundy to learn how to make jam, can beans, and slaughter chickens. Véronique keeps bees, chickens, a husband and two daughters in Lake Claire, not far from Little 5 Points.

Véronique’s Current topics

  • Diversity in the garden
  • Chickens and bees
  • Plant families and botany applied to the garden
  • Producing black soldier fly larvae as home-grown chicken feed
  • Least-work gardening
  • Gardening for the good guys: helping pollinators and other beneficial insects love your garden
  • Starting a new garden with sheet mulching: little or no digging needed

 

Past Speaking Engagements From the Wylde Center include:

  • Oakhurst Neighborhood Association – History of the organization, name change from Oakhurst Community Garden Project to Wylde Center, and the future plans.
  • USDA NRCS Field Planning Day – Garden based presentation about building better soil.
  • CDC Community Garden Presentation – Serving as the MC.
  • Rotary Club Decatur – Presenting about the Wylde Center
  • Kiwanis Club of Decatur – Presenting about the Wylde Center with a focus on our youth programming.
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