You Bet Your Garden

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


June 26: Burlington County New Jersey Earth Fair

Historic Smithville Park in Mt Holly, New Jersey

Mike will give two free talks at noon and 2 p.m. on "Pests, Weeds & Disease—how to keep your mid-season garden going". This wonderful family-friendly event features lots of other activities and runs from 10 am to 4 pm. Map and more information »

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: phsonline.org/ggcontest, call 215.988.8897 or email ggcontest@pennhort.org.


May 1 - June 15: PHS Gardening and Greening Contest Begins

Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware

PHS celebrates the accomplishments of gardeners in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware with the PHS Gardening and Greening Contest. In its third year, this contest invites backyard gardeners, community gardeners, and all who are passionate about greening public spaces to enter.

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: phsonline.org/ggcontest, call 215.988.8897 or email ggcontest@pennhort.org.


May 28 and June 11 & 25: Morris Arboretum's Tour of Great Small Trees

Join knowledgeable guides for a tour of Morris Arboretum's smaller specimen trees, Small Trees for Small Spaces. At 11am on Saturdays April 30, May 14 & 28, and June 11 & 25, Arboretum Guides will point out small trees that make a big impact. Ranging in height from 15 to 30 feet, these trees have many special features, for instance, spectacular bark, interesting forms, and great flower and leaf color. This tour includes plants such as White Fringetree (Chionanthus virginicus) that has richly-scented, spring blooming flowers that are show stopping! These small trees, literally and figuratively have been over-shadowed by the Arboretum's big trees, but are now getting a much deserved moment in the spotlight. Don't miss this opportunity to see trees that will pop! in your own home garden. For more information, visit morrisarboretum.org.


May 28: Morris Arboretum's Garden Railway Season Opening

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

Stop, look and listen as Morris Arboretum's Garden Railway opens for the summer season Saturday, May 28, Memorial Day weekend. Celebrating its 19th year, the Garden Railway 2016 theme is "Awaken the Senses" that will feature buildings that incorporate one or two of the five senses in the structure. Come and see Sleeping Beauty's intricately detailed Castle. Hear the familiar chugging as the trains rush past on the quarter mile track. Imagine the sweet smells wafting from Ye Olde Cakery Bakery and Randy's Donut Shop. And be sure to feel the various natural materials on the Touch Board of samples used in the miniature world of the Garden Railway. Grand Opening activities will take place on Saturday, May 28 from 1-3pm. Take part in a kids craft and enjoy free ice cream and hard pretzels (while supplies last) for a taste of sweet and salty! For more information, visit www.morrisarboretum.org.


June 4: New Hope Historical Society 2016 Garden Tour

New Hope, PA

Plans for the 23rd annual New Hope Historical Society Garden Tour are well underway. The rain-or-shine event will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 4, and focuses on the incredible beauty of local gardens and the considerable skill and imagination of their owners, says NHHS garden tour committee co-chair Mary Ellen Mason. The event will begin with a docent-led tour of New Hope's historic Parry Mansion, then moves on to six local private gardens, featuring a diverse array of plantings and imaginative landscapes. One historic home showcases the efforts of its owners to restore magnificent gardens which had withered due to years of neglect. Another offers expansive grounds and water features, with an incredible display of flowers, shrubs and fieldstone. And that's just two of the six host locations! The Tour will once again feature the popular Retail Boutique, where gardening-related items will be available for purchase. Each visitor will receive a copy of the Tour's keepsake Souvenir Program, which will include descriptions of the showcase gardens, a locator map, and coupons from supporting sponsors. Tickets are priced at $35, and will be available for purchase up to the day of the Tour. Tickets & information »


June 21: Martha Washington Garden Club Garden Walk

Yardley and Morrisville, PA

9:30-2PM. Tour eight + gardens in the Yardley Morrisville area. Find inspiration and ideas. Tour begins at the Lower Bucks Masonic Hall, 1600 Edgewood Rd, Yardley to purchase tickets and obtain a map for this self guided tour. All welcome. $20 pp at the door. Plants also for sale at this location. Rain date June 23. Info Ruth at 215-493-8148 www.marthawashingtongardenclub.org. Donations benefit the Jane Parr Memorial and Martha Washington Garden Club Scholarship Funds.