You Bet Your Garden

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

Tomato Talk

Saturday, May 13 at 10 a.m.
The Seed Farm
Emmaus, PA

Mike will present a titanic talk on tomatoes at close to the perfect planting time for love apples in PA--Saturday, May 13th, during the big annual plant sale at “The Seed Farm," a sustainable farming treasure in Emmaus, PA in the Lehigh Valley.

Mike McGrath: How Your Garden Grows

Wednesday, May 24 from 7 - 8 p.m.
The Allentown Public Library
1210 W. Hamilton St., Allentown, PA

Mike will explain how you planted your tomatoes incorrectly, offer tips on non-toxic mosquito control, brag about his finally blooming (really well!) lilac, reveal the secrets of disease free roses and answer your garden questions! (He’s tired just thinking about it! Bring your own coffee. His: Dark Roast with a tea spoon worth of half & half. Or Mexican Coca-Cola; the kind with real sugar….)

Birds, bees and butterflies—how to naturally attract fabulous fliers to your landscape

Sunday, June 4 at 1 p.m.
Historic Smithville Park
801 Smithville Road, Mount Holly, NJ 08060

More details here.

Gardening Events

PHS Invites Gardeners to Show Their Colors

The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society

PHS celebrates the accomplishments of gardeners of all interests in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware with the PHS Gardening and Greening Contest. The contest invites backyard gardeners, community gardeners, and all who are passionate about greening public spaces to enter. Gardeners may enter here through June 10.

PASA announces RFP for 2018 Winter Conference programming

The Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture

The Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA) invites innovative, instructive, and enthusiastic presenters to share their knowledge and expertise in the best practices and strategies to promote profitable farms that produce healthy food for all people while respecting the natural environment at the 27th Annual Farming for the Future Conference. A detailed Request for Proposals is available at Proposals will be evaluated on an ongoing basis from the time the RFP opens until it closes June 30, 2017.

Gloucester County to Offer Volunteer Gardener Program

January - May 2017

The Gloucester County Office of Land Preservation will be facilitating a “Gloucester County Certified Gardener Program." This group will receive a minimum of 50 hours of training in a variety of horticultural topics taught by leaders in the industry. In exchange for the training, the individual is asked to volunteer 60 hours back to the program. Volunteer activities range from staffing displays at community days, assisting county residents with their gardening, lawn and insect problems, teaching gardening classes to youth and adults, and assisting the county, municipalities and local organizations with community beautification projects. If you have an interest in gardening and volunteering, this program is for you! Both beginners and experienced gardeners will gain valuable knowledge and experience through this exciting program. The classes will be held on Wednesday mornings from 9 am until noon, starting in January 2017 and continuing through the end of May. For more information, or to receive an application for the program, call The Office of Land Preservation’s Certified Gardeners at 856-307-6456 or email

Arbor Day Open House

Saturday, April 29, 2017
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
The Scott Arboretum, 500 College Ave, Swarthmore, PA 19081

Celebrate Arbor Day with the Scott Arboretum and plant a tree. Bring the family to the Scott Arboretum to receive a free sapling tree (one per family while supplies last) and enjoy refreshments and a scavenger hunt through the arboretum. Staff will be on hand to answer questions about trees, gardening, and the Arboretum. For more info visit

The 37th Annual Rare Plant Auction

Saturday, April 29, 2017
6:30 - 10:00 pm.
The Delaware Center for Horticulture, 1810 North Dupont Street, Wilmington, DE 19806

Join the Delaware Center for Horticulture for the 37th Annual Rare Plant Auction® at Longwood Gardens with Celebrated Plant Expert David Culp, renowned horticulturist and creator of the gardens at Brandywine Cottage in Downingtown, Pennsylvania. Don't miss this special opportunity to get your hands on the most rare, beautiful, and exceptional plants from across the globe at the biggest night in horticulture.