You Bet Your Garden

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

Wednesday November 16: Empty Bowl Dinner to benefit the homeless

Lutheran Seminary (Brossman Center; Benbow Hall)
7301 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19115
Three seatings: 4, 5:30 and 7 p.m.

Mike will once again host this great event—his 18th year! With the assistance of over 300 volunteers, The Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network holds this fundraising event every fall to aid families who are struggling with homelessness. Attendees enjoy delicious soups (‘all you can eat’ style; try them all!) created and donated by area restaurants (plus tasty breads, desserts, iced tea and coffee) and choose a one-of-a-kind bowl from a room full of bowls that have been hand-crafted by local artisans and schoolchildren to take home.

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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 25: Forests, Urban Trees, and Climate Change

Haverford College Stokes Hall Auditorium, Ardmore, PA 19003

This workshop will provide those who are responsible for the health of trees in forests, on streets, in parks, in yards, and on academic and corporate campuses a better understanding how trees in our region are expected to respond to the inevitable threats of climate change. Expert panelists will talk briefly about what their research indicates is happening, as well as what they have learned about keeping current tree species healthy and selecting species going forward. This will be an interactive workshop, with plenty of time for discussion and questions.

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November 6: Dan Heims Lectures on Exciting New Plants

The Scott Arboretum, 500 College Ave, Swarthmore, PA 19081

Dan Heims, President of Terra Nova Nurseries in Portland, Oregon, has been exposed to more plants, in more places, than your average bear. This talk is a fun compilation of some of the newest, most exciting perennials, tropicals, and woodies seen today. Dan pulls together these plants from worldwide trips, botanical gardens, plant shows, and nurseries.

This event is free and open to the public. Space is limited to 200 and will seat on a first come, first served bases. Visit for more info.