You Bet Your Garden

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


Sunday, June 26: Burlington County New Jersey Earth Fair

Historic Smithville Park in Mt Holly, New Jersey

Mike will give two free talks at noon and 2 p.m. on "Pests, Weeds & Disease—how to keep your mid-season garden going". This wonderful family-friendly event features lots of other activities and runs from 10 am to 4 pm. Map and more information »

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!



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: phsonline.org/ggcontest, call 215.988.8897 or email ggcontest@pennhort.org.


May 1 - June 15: PHS Gardening and Greening Contest Begins

Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware

PHS celebrates the accomplishments of gardeners in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware with the PHS Gardening and Greening Contest. In its third year, this contest invites backyard gardeners, community gardeners, and all who are passionate about greening public spaces to enter.

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: phsonline.org/ggcontest, call 215.988.8897 or email ggcontest@pennhort.org.


May 28 and June 11 & 25: Morris Arboretum's Tour of Great Small Trees

Join knowledgeable guides for a tour of Morris Arboretum's smaller specimen trees, Small Trees for Small Spaces. At 11am on Saturdays April 30, May 14 & 28, and June 11 & 25, Arboretum Guides will point out small trees that make a big impact. Ranging in height from 15 to 30 feet, these trees have many special features, for instance, spectacular bark, interesting forms, and great flower and leaf color. This tour includes plants such as White Fringetree (Chionanthus virginicus) that has richly-scented, spring blooming flowers that are show stopping! These small trees, literally and figuratively have been over-shadowed by the Arboretum's big trees, but are now getting a much deserved moment in the spotlight. Don't miss this opportunity to see trees that will pop! in your own home garden. For more information, visit morrisarboretum.org.


July 11: Garden Line Live

Bear Library (101 Governor’s Place, Bear)

Master Gardeners will be available, in person, to answer your questions concerning houseplants, gardening, landscape maintenance, and nontoxic insect and disease management. Walk-ins are welcome. Cost: FREE. July 11 from 6:30pm - 8:30pm. For more information, call (302) 838-3300 or visit Bear Library


July 19: Cooking from the Garden

Woodlawn Library (2020 W. 9th Street, Wilmington)

This session provides ideas for how to increase the use of the produce that is in season in your diet and how to prepare them in healthy ways. Cost: FREE. July 19 from 7:00pm - 8:00pm. For more information, call (302) 571-7425 or visit Woodlawn Library


July 21 - 30: Delaware State Fair

18500 S. DuPont Highway, Harrington

Come join all of Extension at the Delaware State Fair! More information at www.delawarestatefair.com


August 20: Garden Field Day / Open House

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

The Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County will host its Garden Field Day/Open House from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 20 at the EARTH Center located in Davidson's Mill Pond Park at 42 Riva Ave. in South Brunswick. The rain date will be Aug. 21. The day will be filled with activities for the whole family, including garden tours, presentations and showcases on gardening and landscaping and live music. This day will also celebrate the 250th anniversary of the founding of Rutgers University. Throughout the event, the Extension's Agriculture Office and Rutgers Master Gardeners will offer advice on horticulture and environmental stewardship while guiding visitors through various teaching gardens and learning projects. Examples of their work include the Children's Garden with Green Roof playhouse, an enormous vegetable display garden and the popular Butterfly House. Also part of the event will be the "Greatest of the Garden" competition. Gardeners are welcome to bring their biggest or most outstanding home grown produce for a chance to win. Categories include but are not limited to: Biggest tomato, biggest cucumber, biggest squash, biggest watermelon, longest gourd and all vegetables: Best likeness to a celebrity or historical figure.