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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 1 hour. If your group would like to come to the Oakhurst Garden, the fee is $50 for a presentation. We currently have presenters who may be available to speak to your garden club or group on several topics.

To book a speaker please email We recommend requesting a speaker three weeks or more in advance.


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.


Speakers and Topics

Stephanie Van Parys

Stephanie Van Parys has served as the Executive Director of the Wylde Center, formerly the Oakhurst Community Garden 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 17 years.

Stephanie’s speaking 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

Hi Stephanie, Thank you for that thorough class on Monday at the library! I was affirmed in some of my practices and learned as well. My son and I are raising tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers that volunteered and blueberries. I had been planning to use crimson clover on some of my space and now definitely will. You gave an impressive presentation. I am loving being more involved in nature! Thank you for the helpfulness you offered!