You Bet Your Garden

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


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!



August 2: Iron Hill Twilight Race Series and Street Festival

Downtown West Chester, PA

Here's your chance to ask Mike your toughest garden questions live and in person! He'll be greeting listeners one-on-one starting at 4 P.M. during the street festival that precedes the 10th anniversary of the Iron Hill Twilight Race Series in beautiful downtown West Chester. Get great advice and/or helpful hints and/or find out why maybe your tomatoes don't look so good. The free meet and greet with Mike is just one of many exciting family-friendly activities happening that day, including a kid's race, street festival and the Radio Disney Road Team, all topped off with an evening of breathtaking pro-bike racing excitement. More info: www.IronHillTwilightCriterium.com


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


Now - July 19: Old and New Remixed in Collaborative Exhibit at The Center for Art in Wood with Bartram's Garden

Center for Art in Wood at 141 N. 3rd Street, Philadelphia

In the spirit of John Bartram's desire to share his passion for trees and other plants, the Center put the call out to artists to propose and create works in wood and other materials, inspired by 13 types of trees which fell at Bartram's Garden during a dramatic wind and rain storm that took place several years ago. Artists had the option to select from the 13 types of wood found onsite. This exhibition celebrates John Bartram's legacy of discovery, providing a unique opportunity for artists to "remix" the history, materials and inspiration of one of America's oldest gardens in their work. The response was overwhelming with over 100 proposals submitted from around the world. A total of 32 works were selected from artists spanning 3 continents, and their work is beautifully presented in this exhibition which remixes the history, materials and inspiration of one of America's oldest gardens as never before. Bartram's Boxes Remix continues a "Challenge" series initiated by the Center in 1987, which has provided emerging and established international artists with a dynamic forum for advancing new work. Throughout the exhibition, the Center and Bartram's Garden will host community events, workshops, and artist lectures for the public (dates TBA). or further details, please visit: centerforartinwood.org/exhibitions/upcoming-exhibitions.


June 28 - September 27: Share the Harvest

Various locations

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 volunteer@philabundance.org.


DEADLINE June 30: PHS Launches Awards Program for Gardening and Greening

A new program that honors the beautification efforts of individual gardeners and groups is being launched this year by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. "PHS Gardening and Greening Contest" will spotlight well-designed, well-maintained and inspiring gardens and green spaces throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. Gardeners in Philadelphia and the surrounding counties have long been celebrated by two PHS programs: the PHS City Gardens Contest and the PHS Community Greening Awards. Now, these two programs have been combined in a new, broader recognition program. Participants will include home gardeners with in-ground or container gardens. 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. Nine contest categories include: Flower Gardens, Vegetable Gardens, Container Gardens, Children's Gardens, Rooftop Gardens, Garden Block/Main Street Planters, Urban Farms, Public Space Plantings, and Environmental Initiatives. Volunteer judges will be chosen for their expertise and achievements. Entries will be judged on maintenance and horticultural practices, and the variety, color, and suitability of plantings. Design and total visual effect will be considered, with extra points awarded for creativity and sustainable practices. The deadline to enter the PHS Gardening and Greening Contest is June 30. 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


July 18 & 19: The Bethlehem Garden Club presents "The Roaring Twenties"

Historic Hotel Bethlehem, 437 Main Street, Bethlehem, PA

The Bethlehem Garden Club will present "The Roaring Twenties," a standard flower show at Historic Hotel Bethlehem, 437 Main Street in Bethlehem, on Fri., July 18, 3-9 pm and Sat., July 19, 9-3 pm. Admission is free. Come to view beautiful displays in horticulture and design. Special exhibits include " '20s Headgear ", The Art of Ikebana, and Native Plants. Enjoy fascinating fashions from the Flappers of the '20s from Ellie Laubner's noted collection. Entries from amateur gardeners, following the rules posted at www.bethlehemgardenclub.org, are welcome.


July 19: Making Herb Vinegar Workshop

The EARTH Center, Davidson's Mill Pond Park, 42 Riva Ave., South Brunswick, NJ.

What should you do with all of those extra garden herbs? Get a guided Herb Garden tour and then some hands on advice. This is a free workshop with pre-registration. Call 732-398-5262. BYO Mason Jar or white Vinegar and/or Olive Oil.


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 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 »