Events with You Bet Your Garden's host, Mike McGrath
September 10: Harvest your fall leaves to make black gold!
Phoenixville Country Club; 355 Country Club Road, Phoenixville, PA
Mike will reveal everything you need to know to turn your fall leaves and kitchen waste into fabulous food and mulch for your lawn, landscape and garden plants. Talk begins at 7:30 p.m. Free! More info: www.schuylkilltwp.com
Gardening events in the Delaware Valley
June 28 - September 27: Share the Harvest
Share the Harvest encourages home gardeners to grow extra fruits and vegetables or collect any surplus produce from their harvest and donate to Philabundance to fight hunger in the Delaware Valley. Beginning June 28th through September 27th, 2014, Philabundance will accept produce donations on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 10 locations throughout the Delaware Valley (see list of drop-off sites on page two). Each week the produce collected from local gardeners at the 10 sites will go to nearby food pantries in that community. Philabundance needs volunteers for each Saturday to greet gardeners and deliver the donated produce from the garden center to the food pantry. Volunteering for the Share the Harvest is an opportunity for friends and family to spend time together on Saturday mornings while helping their neighbors in need. For those interested in volunteering or would like more information visit www.philabundance.org, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
August 16: EARTH Center Garden Field Day and Open House
The EARTH Center, Davidson's Mill Pond Park, 42 Riva Ave., South Brunswick, NJ.
Join the fun as we celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Extension Education. Garden Tours, Butterfly House, Demonstrations, Taste Tests, Live Music & Family Fun! *Bring outstanding selections from your garden for the "Greatest of the Garden" competition. 11AM – 3PM
August 23: The Hardy Plant Society Mid-Atlantic Group's Fall Gardeners' Market
Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge, 1601 Valley Forge Rd.
The Hardy Plant Society Mid-Atlantic Group is hosting its annual Fall Gardeners' Market on August 23, 2014 at the Freedoms Foundation in Valley Forge, PA. The Fall Gardeners' Market brings together our area's best vendors who offer a wide variety of outstanding annuals, perennials, trees and shrubs. Expanded offerings include tools, garden ornaments, and troughs, and honey from Worcester Honey Farms. If you want to acquire quality plant material and garden related items at reasonable prices without having to drive all over the region, this event is for you! 8:30 A.M. - 2:00 P.M.
August 23: Tyler Arboretum's Butterfly Festival
Tyler Arboretum, 515 Painter Road, Media, PA 19063
Discover the wonderful world of butterflies! Visit Tyler's Butterfly House to see live butterflies in all stages of their life cycle. Get up-close with plants that attract our fluttering friends and watch monarch tagging demonstrations. Learn all about garden insects at Greener Partners' Farm Explorer–a living, hands-on farm on wheels. Gourmet pizza will be available for purchase from the Pizza Wagon. Event proudly sponsored by Redbud Native Plant Nursery. Free with admission; no pre-registration required; rain or shine
August 23: Trevose Horticultural Society Standard Flower Show "Wild Things!"
St. Ephrem Catholic Church, 5400 Hulmeville Road, Bensalem, PA
The Trevose Horticultural Society will stage their annual standard flower show "Wild Things!" on Friday, August 22 from 4 to 8 PM and Saturday, August 23 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 215-357-4088 prior to August 5, 2014. The play-on-words theme is artistically expressed throughout the Artistic Design Division. Staged on a pedestal, "Wild Thang" suggests a creative and imaginative approach. "Monkey See, Monkey Do" is a National Garden Clubs' transparency design style that includes a see-through element, while in "Whale of a Tale" the designer selects and names their favorite book title to interpret. "Out of Africa" explores the diverse flora, fauna and climate of this continent's unique ecosystem. Choosing from a list of animal themes, the entrant is challenged to emphasize textures and patterns in an NGC Type II Exhibition Table design "Jungle Rhythms." Birds are the inspiration for the 8" small design "Feather Your Nest" using designer's choice of plant material; however, only dried is permitted in the 3" miniature "Snake Charmer." In the artistic craft class, "Where the Wild Things Are", an Abstract collage of all natural plant material is displayed in a frame under glass. Pre-registration is required by August 5. Contact 215-357-4088.
August 30 & 31: Pocono Garlic Festival
Shawnee Mountain Ski Area, Hollow Road, Shawnee on Delaware, PA
Proud to be known as the "stinkiest" festival for two decades, the event attracts thousands of garlic breathing diners seeking food laced with garlic. Each year the Pocono Garlic Festival makes sure that it delivers the best possible selection of garlic and garlic related vendors. The gastronomic garlic extravaganza is what attendees expect and for their 20th anniversary the venue will host over sixty vendors selling one of a kind garlic laced prepared foods, art, regional garlic to buy, growing seminars, cooking demonstrations and our popular garlic eating contest. Last year's winner ate 3.5 ounces of garlic within a minute. Practice eating your garlic! Advance Two Day Pass $13 / $7.50 One Day. Adult General Admission at gate $10. Children (ages 5-12) at gate $7.50 (under 4 free). More information »
September 12: D&R Greenway Land Trust's Fall Native Plant Sale
Johnson Education Center, One Preservation Place, Princeton, NJ, off Rosedale Road
D&R Greenway Land Trust invites the public to its annual Fall Native Plant Sale, held outside the Johnson Education Center on Friday, September 12th and Saturday, September 13th. D&R Greenway's Native Plant Nursery is a community resource for central New Jersey's native plants that contribute to a healthy, biodiverse ecosystem. The sale will take place from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Friday, and from 9:00 a.m. until noon on Saturday. The Nursery is located at One Preservation Place, southwest of downtown Princeton, off Rosedale Road. No registration is required. Native plants are adapted to their region's conditions, making them more drought-resistant than most exotic plants. Natives also provide essential food and cover, having evolved alongside the wild creatures. The food provided by native plants is vital especially in autumn, when wildlife are busy storing calories either for hibernation or migration. Key examples are the juicy black berries of silky dogwood and pollen from New England aster's bright purple blooms. Both plants are available at D&R Greenway's nursery. In addition, native plants provide wildlife with critical cover from winter weather conditions. D&R Greenway's plants are grown from genetically local seeds gathered on their preserves and tended in the nursery by staff and skilled volunteers. Native plants grown from commercially sourced plugs will also be available for purchase. D&R Greenway plants are available in quart and gallon-sized pots, priced from $5 to $12. A full catalog is available online at www.drgreenway.org/PlantCatalog.html.
September 15: Trevose Horticultural Society presents "Begonias"
Saint Katherine Drexel Mission Center, 1663 Bristol Pike, Bensalem, PA
Guest Speaker, Tony Ashton of Trevose, will discuss proven methods to successfully grow and maintain beautiful begonias for year around enjoyment. Beginning with the history and various species of begonias, his demonstration will include propagation and general cultivation techniques, soil requirements, terrarium plantings and sources for buying begonias. A variety of begonias from Ashton's collection will be on display. A begonia collector for over 30 years, Ashton is a member of the American National Begonia Society and is active in the local Delaware Valley Branch of the American Begonia Society. All meetings are open to the public; a donation of $3 is requested from non-members. For further information, please contact 856/866-9163.