You Bet Your Garden

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

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 »

Sunday afternoon October 23: Huntington Valley Library

Huntington Valley, PA

Details soon!

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

October 7: Celebrate the Harvest at "PHeaSt"

The Navy Yard, 5201 S.13th Street, Philadelphia 19112

The region’s leading chefs and mixologists will showcase their garden-to-table creations at “PHeaSt,” the delicious, fundraising celebration on Friday, Oct. 7, 7 to 10 p.m. at the Navy Yard.

Hosted by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, the fifth annual PHeaSt brings together renowned chefs, mixologists and urban growers for a special party to benefit the PHS City Harvest program, which supports community gardening and provides healthy, locally grown food for families in need throughout the Philadelphia region.

More information about PHeaSt is available here.

October 8: Delaware Center for Horticulture Fall Bulb Sale and Brews for Bulbs

The Delaware Center for Horticulture, 1810 N Dupont Street, Wilmington, DE 19806

Featuring a hand-selected assortment of spectacular bulbs to add color and character to your spring garden. Some of the featured bulbs include unique varieties of allium, crocus, narcissus, tulip, and lily. More details at