You Bet Your Garden

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

Mark your calendars! Here's where Mike will be appearing this year:

And already booked for 2016!

April 9: Lancaster PA Master Gardeners

Lancaster, PA

Details to come

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

December 5: Holiday Greens Sale

Tyler Arboretum, 515 Painter Road, Media, PA

You don't want to miss the local greens sale that is truly one-of-a- kind! The Country Gardeners offer quality holiday greens at some of the best prices you will find. Plus, there are crafts and gifts that are handmade and promise to get you in the holiday spirit! Think teacher's gift, hostess gift, something cheerful for your desk, and more; most items are from $10-and up. Plus, you are not only crossing things off your "To Do" list, your purchases support The Garden Club's community educational programs. More information at

November 26 - January 10: A Longwood Christmas

Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square, PA 19348

YFrom half-a million-twinkling lights, to thousands of poinsettias and towering trees, to dozens of fountain features, the spirit of the holiday season overflows during A Longwood Christmas. More information at /

November 27 - January 3: Holiday Garden Railway

Morris Arboretum

The Morris Arboretum's popular Garden Railway returns November 27, the Friday after Thanksgiving, as the Holiday Garden Railway display. Visitors of all ages will be wow-ed by a quarter mile of track featuring seven loops and tunnels with fifteen different rail lines and two cable cars, nine bridges (including a trestle bridge you can walk under), and bustling model trains, all set in the lovely winter garden of the Morris Arboretum. The display and buildings are all made of natural materials - bark, leaves, twigs, hollow logs, mosses, acorns, dried flowers, seeds and stones - to form a perfectly proportioned miniature landscape complete with small streams. Each building, while an exact replica of the original, is unique in its design. Philadelphia-area landmarks such as a masterpiece replica of Independence Hall are made using pinecone seeds for shingles, acorns as finials and twigs as downspouts. For more information visit

Master Gardener Program Announces New Classes for 2015-2016

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

The Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County is offering both daytime and evening sessions for this program. Orientation (attendance is optional) will be on Thursday, Sept. 10 at 6:30 p.m. for the evening class and Friday, Sept. 11 at 9:30 a.m. for the Friday morning class. The program officially starts on Sept. 17 and 18. The class is open to all New Jersey residents.

The Master Gardeners are community volunteers trained in earth-friendly gardening and environmental principles. Lecture classes meet once per week for 3 hours from mid-September through mid-April. These classes will incorporate some outdoor time in a County park.

The hands-on garden classes meet weekly from April through mid-September (every other week in summer). During these sessions, new students will create and care for demonstration vegetable and herb gardens.

Topics covered in the program include: sound gardening techniques; composting; creative methods of conserving resources, and horticulture therapy. The program also requires participants to volunteer some hours of service towards Extension projects, activities and events throughout the year.

Those interested in joining the program can call the EARTH Center at 732-398-5262 for more information or visit and search Master Gardeners.

February 3 - 6: Farming in a Changing Climate

Penn Stater Conference Center in State College, PA.

The Farming for the Future Conference is the largest sustainable agriculture conference in the East, bringing together an audience of over 2,000 farmers, processors, consumers, students, environmentalists and business and community leaders annually. This year's choices of theme and keynote speakers, Richard Alley and Laura Lengnick, reflect the increasing impact of climate change on our agricultural systems and the need to seek out techniques and strategies to mitigate and adapt to its effects.

Registration is required to attend. Pre-registration will open in November 2015 and close on January 25, 2016. For more information please call (814) 349-9856 or visit

Coming soon for 2016: Rutgers Environmental Steward Program

Rutgers Environmental Stewards Program aims to help residents expand their awareness of science based information on environmental issues and facilitate positive change in their community. Classes take place on Wednesday evenings starting in January.

Call 732-398-5275 or e-mail for details and registration.