You Bet Your Garden

Events with You Bet Your Garden's host, Mike McGrath

Saturday, September 10: Delaware Home Show

Bob Carpenter Center in Newark, DE

Mike will give talks at 11, 1 and 3 on Saturday. Show info »

Friday evening, September 30: Spring City PA library "Read & Seed" event

Spring City, PA

(Spring City is in the Philly suburbs—right next to Royersford and not far from Phoenixville) Library info »

Saturday and Sunday, October 15 and 16: Fredericksburg Virginia Home and Garden Show

Show info »

Mike McGrath at TEDx

Mike McGrath covered everything you need to know about composting at the TEDxPhoenixville event in October 2012. Find his talk helpful? Be sure to mark your calendars to catch Mike at other fun & informative gardening events, listed below!

Gardening Events in the Delaware Valley

Through October: Landscape and Garden Coaching

New Castle County

Master Gardeners offer landscape and garden coaching at home to New Castle County homeowners from April through October. If you and your gardening and landscape challenges and plans could benefit from a coaching session at your home, request a visit by completing and submitting the registration form. For information on all our gardening programs, visit New Castle County Master Gardeners. Gardening questions? Call the Master Gardener Garden Line at (302) 831-8862.

Entries throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware will be judged on maintenance and horticultural practices, as well as the variety, color, and suitability of plantings. Design and total visual effects will also be considered, with extra points awarded for creativity and sustainable practices. Volunteer judges will be chosen for their expertise and achievements.

Participants will include home gardeners with in-ground, combination, container or rooftop gardens. Children's gardens, maintained by school-age children, under the supervision of an adult, are also welcome to enter. Community gardeners may enter vegetable and flower gardens, garden blocks, public-space plantings, and parks. Businesses that have beautified their properties are eligible as well. Municipalities that have initiated environmental projects, such as stormwater management or tree plantings, may also participate. Ten contest categories include: Children's Garden; Combination Garden; Container Garden; Environmental Initiatives; Flower Garden; Garden Block; Public Space: Planting/Parks; Rooftop Gardens; Urban Farm; and Vegetable Garden.

The PHS Gardening and Greening Contest will be accepting entries May 1 through June 15. Gardeners who projects are chosen for recognition will be invited to an awards reception, where photos of the winning gardens will be showcased. For more information and to enter the contest, please visit:, call 215.988.8897 or email

July 21 - 30: Delaware State Fair

18500 S. DuPont Highway, Harrington

Come join all of Extension at the Delaware State Fair! More information at

August 9: Learn to Manage Garden Pests

Bensalem Senior Center, 1850 Byberry Road, Bensalem, PA

"Learn to Manage Garden Pests" will be the featured PowerPoint program at the monthly meeting of the Trevose Horticultural Society on Tuesday, August 9, 2016 at 7:00PM at the Bensalem Senior Center, 1850 Byberry Road, Bensalem, PA. Guest speaker, Bill Pasko of Washington Crossing will provide an overview of Integrated Pest Management or IPM, along with some tips and examples of how IPM is critical for suburban gardeners. A Penn State Master Gardener since 2013, serving in Bucks County, Pasko is involved in several aspects of the Master Gardener program. He staffs their horticultural hot line and eagerly dispenses helpful advice to home gardeners, especially about the benefits of IPM and discouraging the quest for perfect leaves. All meetings are open to the public; a donation of $3 is requested from non-members. For further information, please contact 856/866-9163.

August 20: Garden Field Day / Open House

EARTH Center located in Davidson's Mill Pond Park at 42 Riva Ave. in South Brunswick, NJ

The Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County will host its Garden Field Day/Open House from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 20 at the EARTH Center located in Davidson's Mill Pond Park at 42 Riva Ave. in South Brunswick. The rain date will be Aug. 21. The day will be filled with activities for the whole family, including garden tours, presentations and showcases on gardening and landscaping and live music. This day will also celebrate the 250th anniversary of the founding of Rutgers University. Throughout the event, the Extension's Agriculture Office and Rutgers Master Gardeners will offer advice on horticulture and environmental stewardship while guiding visitors through various teaching gardens and learning projects. Examples of their work include the Children's Garden with Green Roof playhouse, an enormous vegetable display garden and the popular Butterfly House. Also part of the event will be the "Greatest of the Garden" competition. Gardeners are welcome to bring their biggest or most outstanding home grown produce for a chance to win. Categories include but are not limited to: Biggest tomato, biggest cucumber, biggest squash, biggest watermelon, longest gourd and all vegetables: Best likeness to a celebrity or historical figure.