Events with You Bet Your Garden's host, Mike McGrath
Mark your calendars! Here's where Mike will be appearing this year:
June 6: Tomato Growing Workshop
Behnke's Garden Center, Beltsville, MD
Mike will tell you everything you need to know to enjoy your best-tasting backyard tomatoes ever (and answer your summer pest control questions) from 1:30 to 3 pm at Behnke's 5th Annual Garden Party event on Saturday June 6 in Beltsville, MD. Details: http://behnkes.com/website/events-calendar.html
June 14: Earth Fair at Historic Smithville Park
803 Smithville Road, Eastampton, NJ
Rain or Shine
Mike says: A great family event in a fabulous historic (and highly horticultural) setting.
Venue info: http://www.co.burlington.nj.us/948/Historic-Smithville-Park
Mike talks at noon and 2 p.m.
June 26: Lecture at the Sea Isle City, New Jersey Library
Sea Isle City Branch of the Cape May County Library, 4800 Central Ave. in Sea Isle
Details at www.cmclibrary.org
July 26 - August 3rd: Mike leads a river cruise through Southern France (!) for Grand American tours.
France Sign up soon before all the cabins are gone!
And already booked for 2016!
April 9: Lancaster PA Master Gardeners
Details to come
Gardening events in the Delaware Valley
June 6, 9:30 a.m.: Meeting of the Delaware Valley Branch of the American Begonia Society
Meadowbrook Farm Nursery - 1633 Washington Lane, Meadowbrook, PA 19046
Jenny Rose Carey, the new director of Meadowbrook Farm, will speak on aspects of shade gardening. Also, challenge plant show will be held. Free admission. For more details: firstname.lastname@example.org
June 6, 10 AM - Noon: Butterfly House Opens for the Season!
Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County
Every Saturday and Sunday, June - August
10 AM - Noon Free Family Fun!
June 6, 10 AM - Noon: Made in the Shade: Gardening Without Full Sun
Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County
Shaded yards have their own special needs.Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County Planting native species will be a key strategy discussed.Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County Be prepared for outside time. Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County This is a free workshop with pre-registration. Call 732-398-5262
June 20: Community Gardens Day
The Neighborhood Gardens Trust, Philadelphia's largest land trust, will celebrate the second annual Community Gardens Day on Saturday, June 20, 2015. Participating gardens throughout the city will welcome visitors to an array of free activities highlighting the benefits of preserving and supporting community gardens and open spaces. Participating gardens will host demos, workdays, performances, family activities, and other special programs. To find a garden near you, go to http://ngtrust.org/index.php/community-gardens-day/.
June 28, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.: Fairy and Wizard Festival
Tyler Arboretum, 515 Painter Rd., Media, PA 19063
Join us in the wonderful land of fairytales and nature, where all is mystical! Become a dragon, make a fairy wand, plant a magic bean and enjoy lots more imaginative play. Listen to enchanted tales from around the world by story teller Greta Rech, and live entertainment from our strolling Celtic musician Mary Roth. Gourmet pizza will be available for purchase from the Pizza Wagon. Event proudly sponsored by Children's Dental Health Associates and the Tooth Fairy! FREE with admission; no pre-registration required; rain or shine.
New and Beginning Farmer Training Program
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 email@example.com or 302-831-2667 in New Castle county; or Tracy Wootten, Extension Educator, at firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com or 215-247-5777 x128. www.morrisarboretum.org
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, (302) 831-2506 or visit http://extension.udel.edu/lawngarden/joinmastergardener.