You Bet Your Garden

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

Lecture at the Brandywine Hundred Library in North Wilmington, DE

Wednesday evening, February 22

Library website:

Capital Remodel and Garden Show

Saturday and Sunday February 25-26
Dulles Expo Center; Chantilly, VA

Show website: Mike will be speaking on Saturday at noon and 6 p.m., and on Sunday at noon and 2 p.m.

The Philadelphia Flower Show

March 11 - 19
The Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia

Learn more:
“It’s You Bet Your Garden LIVE at the Flower Show!” Mike McGrath, host of the nationally syndicated Public Radio Show “You Bet Your Garden” (and official Flower Show Rat since 1990) will take the stage at 4 pm on Wednesday March 15th to answer your toughest garden questions. (Or easiest ones. He won’t mind if a few are easy.) You bring the questions; Mike will supply the answers. Or maybe sing Volare*. Either way, we’ll have fun.
(*To prevent the premature wilting of nearby flowers, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society will ensure that there is NO singing during the performance).

Fredericksburg Spring Home Show

Saturday and Sunday March 18 & 19
Fredericksburg Expo and Home Center; Fredericksburg, VA

Show website:
Details to come!

Scott Associates Spring Celebration

Sunday, March 19, 4 pm
Lang Performing Arts Center, Swarthmore College

Join us Sunday, March 19 at 4 pm at the Lang Performing Arts Center to hear R. William Thomas, the 2017 recipient of the Scott Medal and Award, speak about his passion for horticulture and sharing that love with students as well as home and professional gardeners. Reservations are required; call 610-328-8025

Master Gardener Spring Symposium

Saturday, March 25, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Charlie Rose Agri-Expo Center
301 East Mountain Drive; Fayetteville, NC, 28306
Tentative McG speaking times: 10:30 and 2

Learn more and register here!

The Penn State Tour

April 6 - 8
State College, PA

Details are still being worked out, but Mike will speak to a group of ag students about organics, give a public talk about tomatoes and host an event for our local Public Radio affiliate, the amazing WPSU. Stay tuned for details!

Gardening Events

Free Gardening Events at Dilworth Park

January - February 2017

Throughout January and February, Greater Philadelphia Gardens, which partnered with the CCD to create America’s Garden Capital Maze on the south side of Dilworth Park, will present free horticultural programs for both families and adults. Programs will be held in the Rothman Institute Cabin on the north side of the park and are made possible by generous funding from the William Penn Foundation. Whether you have a large backyard, a small roof deck, or a sunny apartment window, you will enjoy these programs:

Tree Care for the Homeowner: January 10, Noon – 1 p.m.
Winter Plants for Home: January 21, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Terrarium How To: January 24, Noon – 1 p.m. and January 28, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Orchids for the Office: January 31, Noon – 1 p.m.
Seed Bombs for Valentine’s Day: February 4, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. and February 7, Noon - 1 p.m.
Valentine's Day Floral Arrangement: February 11, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. and February 14, Noon – 1 p.m.
Flowers to Wear: February 18, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

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

Northeast Organic Farming Association of New Jersey Winter Conference

January 28th-29th, 2017

The Northeast Organic Farming Association of New Jersey (NOFA NJ), the state's largest organic agriculture advocacy group, is putting on its 27th annual Winter Conference at the Rutgers Douglass Student Center in New Brunswick on January 28th and 29th, 2017.

Come and choose from over 50 workshops delivered by leading speakers and farmers working in organic agriculture. Our featured keynote speaker is farmer Jean-Martin Fortier, the author of "The Market Gardener", who will also deliver a workshop showcasing his unique and highly profitable farming system.

Visit for more details. Register early as we are anticipating selling out. Early Bird registration ends 12/21, be sure to sign up early and save up to $30!