You Bet Your Garden

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

Mark your calendars! Here's where Mike will be appearing this year:

Saturday August 15: Burpee Fest - A Gardening Symposium

Fordhook Farm; Doylestown, PA
Mike appears at 1:30 at this great event at Burpee's historic Fordhook Farm
Lots of other great speakers and events as well
More Info:

September 5, 1 p.m.: Lecture: The Second Season: Garlic, pansies salad greens and more!

Lee Highway Nursery
7159 Burke Lane Warrenton, VA 201860

September 11, 6 - 8 p.m.: Food Day Farm to Table Event

Spring City Public Library (Chester County)
245 Broad Street, Spring City, PA 19475
Check for updates and events!

Wednesday, September 16, 7 to 9 p.m.: Lecture: Fall Gardening; The Second Season--Garlic, lawns, Spring bulbs and more!

Horsham Township Library
435 Babylon Road; Horsham, PA 19044-1224
Tel: (215) 443-2609, ext. 205
Library info:
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Saturday October 3 at 11 a.m.: An Afternoon with Mike McGrath

Greene County Fairgrounds Recreation Center
Xenia, Ohio (Dayton/Yellow Springs/Antioch area)
A WYSO event!
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And already booked for 2016!

April 9: Lancaster PA Master Gardeners

Lancaster, PA

Details to come

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

August 15, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.: Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County Garden Field Day/Open House

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

The day will be filled with activities for the whole family, from garden tours to presentations on gardening and landscaping and kids can meet MC Blue, the recycling robot.

During the Garden Field Day, the Extension's Agriculture Office, alongside 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 should bring their biggest or most outstanding home grown produce to win recognition. Attendees are encouraged to bring their homegrown entries for categories not limited to:
Biggest tomato
Biggest cucumber
Biggest squash
Biggest watermelon
Longest gourd
All vegetables: best Likeness to a Celebrity or Historical Figure.

Many exhibitors who collaborate with Middlesex County Extension throughout the year will be on hand to share their programs and accomplishments. For more information call 732-398-5268 or e-mail Rain date for the event will be Aug. 16.

August 20: The Scott Arboretum's Biennial Plant Sale

Cunningham Field on the Swarthmore College campus

Mark your calendar for The Scott Arboretum's biennial plant sale! Cover your garden with the colorful continual summer blooms of Clematis. The 2015 Scott Arboretum Plant Sale will feature new-to-the-US-market clematis. In addition to flowering continuously throughout the summer, these selections are smaller in size making them ideal for small gardens, containers, and weaving among annuals, perennials, or shrubs.

Beyond the ornamental vines, shoppers can find a great selection ferns, hydrangeas, edible ornamentals, perennials, and woodies all selected by Scott Associates and Arboretum staff based on their experiences growing and enjoying them at the Scott Arboretum and in their own gardens. The 2015 plant sale will be held on the Cunningham Field on the Swarthmore College campus (near Route 320 on College Avenue). Free admission and parking is available. VISA and MasterCard will be accepted. This sale will be held rain or shine. For more information, contact the Scott Arboretum offices at 610-328-8025.

August 28 and 29: Trevose Horticultural Society Flower Show

St. Ephrem Catholic Church, 5400 Hulmeville Road, Bensalem, PA

The circus is coming to town! Sponsored by the Trevose Horticultural Society their annual standard flower show "Under the BIG TOP" will be staged on Friday, August 21 from 4 to 8 PM and Saturday, August 22 from 10 AM to 5 PM at their new location at St. Ephrem Catholic Church, 5400 Hulmeville Road, Bensalem, PA. The public is cordially invited; admission is free. Non-members are welcome to enter. However, advanced registration is required for competitive design entries. Contact the Advance Registration Chair at 215-322-4154 prior to August 2, 2015.

New and Beginning Farmer Training Program

Various locations

The University of Delaware Cooperative Extension is pleased to announce its 2015 New and Beginning Farmer Training Program. This extensive program is designed for new and beginning farmers working in small-scale vegetable and/or fruit production. Through hands-on training, demonstrations, workshops, field trips and farm tours, as well as self-study, growers will spend an entire growing season learning and growing with Delaware Cooperative Extension, and other, invited agriculture industry professionals. Although not limited to the following topics, this training will explore the fundamentals of soil fertility and health, basic crop production, integrated pest management, food safety, marketing, business planning and development, and provide an excellent networking opportunity. This training program is scheduled for the entirety of the growing season.

In New Castle County, meetings are scheduled for the third Monday evening of the month, 6-8 pm, February- May and September-November on February 16, March 16, April 20, May 18, June-July-August (dates to be determined at the start of the training program based on participants' availability), September 21, October 19, and November 16. Sessions will be held at the Extension Office, and on the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources campus and cooperating farms. There will be additional evening and occasional Saturday sessions to accommodate field trips, hands-on activities and farm tours.

In Sussex County, meetings are scheduled for the fourth Monday evenings of the month, 6-8 pm on February 23, March 23, April 27, May 19 (due to the Memorial Day holiday), June-July-August (dates to be determined at the start of the training program based on participants' availability), September 28, October 26 and November 23. Sessions will be held at the Extension Office, Carvel Research and Education Center and cooperating farms. There will be additional evening and occasional Saturday sessions to accommodate field trips, hands-on activities and farm tours.

For registration information and any additional questions or concerns, please contact Carrie Murphy, Extension Educator, at or 302-831-2667 in New Castle county; or Tracy Wootten, Extension Educator, at or 302-856-7303 in Sussex county.

Become a guide at Morris Arboretum

Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania, 100 E. Northwestern Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19118

Guides give their time and energy to the Arboretum for many reasons: to learn exciting new things, to be inspired by the beauty of Morris Arboretum, and also to meet staff and other volunteers who believe trees are vitally important to everyone's life. Our very knowledgeable guides promote the Arboretum's mission to their neighbors and friends by encouraging them to visit, volunteer and become members. Even more importantly, guides encourage environmental stewardship in neighborhoods near and far. Become a guide at Morris Arboretum and share your knowledge and joy of nature with others! New guide training, a 30-hour course, is scheduled for 11 days in March. Register early to reserve your space and this spring you could be leading your own tour. For more information and to register, contact Liza Hawley, Assistant Director Visitor Education, at or 215-247-5777 x128.

Delaware Master Gardener Volunteer Educator Training

To learn more about the Master Gardeners and the Training Program, attend an information session at your local library this month:
Hockessin Library: Monday, March 23, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Appoquinimink Library: Wednesday, March 25, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Brandywine Hundred Library: Monday, March 30, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Delaware Cooperative Extension in New Castle County is now accepting applications for Master Gardener volunteer educator training. Training will run Monday and Wednesday afternoons starting Wednesday, September 2, 2015 and continuing through November 23, 2015. "This training program is designed to make good educators out of good gardeners," said Extension Educator Carrie Murphy. "Trainees pledge to devote volunteer time to help Cooperative Extension provide research-based information to the gardening public. Without this volunteer program, we could not reach nearly as many people as we do now." Training consists of horticultural and educational topics, with emphasis on hands-on experience and active learning techniques. There is a training fee of $150. Scholarships are available based on financial need. This and all other Delaware Cooperative Extension System programs are open to all without regard to race, color, sex, disability, age, or national origin.

For additional information, please contact Carrie Murphy,, (302) 831-2506 or visit