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:

September 5, 1 p.m.: Lecture: The Second Season: Garlic, pansies salad greens and more!

Lee Highway Nursery
7159 Burke Lane Warrenton, VA 201860

September 11, 6 - 8 p.m.: Food Day Farm to Table Event

Spring City Public Library (Chester County)
245 Broad Street, Spring City, PA 19475
Check for updates and events!

Wednesday, September 16, 7 to 9 p.m.: Lecture: Fall Gardening; The Second Season--Garlic, lawns, Spring bulbs and more!

Horsham Township Library
435 Babylon Road; Horsham, PA 19044-1224
Tel: (215) 443-2609, ext. 205
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Saturday October 3 at 11 a.m.: An Afternoon with Mike McGrath

Greene County Fairgrounds Recreation Center
Xenia, Ohio (Dayton/Yellow Springs/Antioch area)
A WYSO event!
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Sunday, October 18: Fredericksburg Fall Home & Craft Show

Expo & Conference Center; Fredericksburg, VA
Mike's times and topics to be announced soon.
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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

September 2: Free Guided Tour at the Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College

Scott Arboretum Offices

See how the plants of the 2015 Scott Arboretum Plant Sale (September 11 to 13) look in the garden. Take a tour to see how to train clematis and interplant perennials and woodies for a successful garden. The tour will begin at the Scott Arboretum Offices and is free and open to the public. In case of inclement weather, the tour will be canceled. For more information, please call the Scott Arboretum Offices at (610) 328-8025 or visit

September 11 - 12: Bowers Chile Pepper Food Festival

Bill DeLong Memorial Park in Bowers, PA

James Weaver of Meadow View Farm began planting peppers on his farm in 1994 for himself and his friend Chris Markey. This led to the "Hot Pepper Field Day" for locals to come and pick their own. Since that time, the festival has grown to provide good music and spicy food. Musical entertainment will be provided both days by Acoustic Road Show which showcases local musicians.

Otherwise, It's all about chile peppers, featuring some of the tastiest and most interesting chile pepper inspired dishes anywhere, from sauces to smoked stuffed jalapenos with crab and cream cheese. On Saturday the Jalapeno Pepper Eating Contest begins at 4:00PM. As always, the horse drawn wagons will be providing transport between the festival and the farm, donations always appreciated.

A donation of $2.00 per person is requested. Parking is free in the park. Family friendly. No Pets and No Alcohol Permitted! More info at

September 12 - 13: The Scott Arboretum's Plant Sale

Cunningham Field on the Swarthmore College campus

Mark your calendar for The Scott Arboretum's biennial plant sale! Cover your garden with the colorful continual summer blooms of Clematis. The 2015 Scott Arboretum Plant Sale will feature new-to-the-US-market clematis. In addition to flowering continuously throughout the summer, these selections are smaller in size making them ideal for small gardens, containers, and weaving among annuals, perennials, or shrubs.

Beyond the ornamental vines, shoppers can find a great selection ferns, hydrangeas, edible ornamentals, perennials, and woodies all selected by Scott Associates and Arboretum staff based on their experiences growing and enjoying them at the Scott Arboretum and in their own gardens. The 2015 plant sale will be held on the Cunningham Field on the Swarthmore College campus (near Route 320 on College Avenue). Free admission and parking is available. VISA and MasterCard will be accepted. This sale will be held rain or shine. For more information, contact the Scott Arboretum offices at 610-328-8025.

September 18 - 20: PHS Harvest Fest at the PHS Pop Up Gardens

PHS Pop Up Gardens, located at 15th & South Streets and 9th & Wharton Streets, Philadelphia

Kids Activities, Live Music, Garden Competitions, Food and Drink. Seasonal fun will take place each day in both gardens. The full schedule of events in the gardens is updated regularly at

September 30: Green Roof Tour

Scott Arboretum Gardens

Learn about the inner workings, benefits, and beauty of green roofs while exploring the three we have at the Arboretum. Please note the level of difficulty on these tours is higher than others we offer; a brisk walk and several steps are required to reach the final roof. Children under the age of 12 are not permitted on the roofs. The tour will begin at the Scott Arboretum offices and is free and open to the public. In case of inclement weather, the tour will be canceled. For more information, please call the Scott Arboretum offices at 610-328-8025 or visit

October 8: Heritage Farm at Methodist Services Celebrates the 3rd Annual Heritage Farm Fare at Belmont Mansion

4300 Monument Road, Philadelphia, PA 19131

On Thursday, October 8th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm, Heritage Farm Fare will raise funds to help fulfill our farm's mission: to support healthy eating, physical activity, community engagement and a connection to the natural world. This year, from 4:30 to 6:00pm, Heritage Farm Fare will be offering a limited ticketing VIP tour of the farm prior to the event. Tickets for the VIP hour are $100 and include admission to the main event. Enjoy a specially prepared farm tasting with Alex Garfinkel Catering and Get Real, Get Raw while learning about the farm and our programs.

Tickets for this event can be purchased by visiting Heritage Farm's website:

October 17: Small Trees for Residential Landscapes

Morris Arboretum, 100 E Northwestern Ave, Philadelphia, PA

Today's home landscapes are often smaller and busy lifestyles mean less time for property maintenance. Join Morris Arboretum horticulturist Louise Clarke as she discusses small trees suited for residential properties- those that typically grow less than forty feet tall. We will consider trees that bloom from spring to summer, including natives and non-native varieties. Learn about placement, light and moisture requirements, soil conditions, planting techniques, and other pertinent cultural tips to help you make the best choice for your property. The class will consist of a lecture and a walk through the Arboretum's living collection to see small tree specimens. Dress for the weather.

Tickets for this event can be purchased by visiting Morris Arboretum's website:

Morris Arboretum's Scarecrow Design Contest

Morris Arboretum is calling all scarecrows for its annual Scarecrow Design Contest. This year participants may create a scarecrow for the theme: Famous Art & Artists. Sign-up by Thursday, September 24 to ensure your place in the contest! Entry fee is $30, with a $5 discount for those who register by Friday, September 11. Scarecrow frames, straw, burlap and twine are all provided. Details and downloadable contest entry forms are available online at .

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.