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:

April 19th: Leesburg Flower & Garden Festival

Leesburg, VA

Mike will deliver two talks at the 25th anniversary of this great event: 'Get Your Lawn off Drugs!' at 11 a.m. and 'Grow your Best Tasting Tomatoes EVER!' at 1:30 p.m. www.flowerandgarden.org


April 22: Lecture for Athertyn

Wayne, PA (a luxury living community in Haverford

Details: www.athertynpursuits.com


April 25 - 26: Veggiemania at Greenstreet Gardens

Lothian, MD and Alexandria, VA

Mike will appear on Saturday the 25th at Greenstreet's original location in Lothian, Maryland (right near Annapolis) and on Sunday the 26th at their newer location in the "Old Town" section of Alexandria, Virginia.

More info: greenstreetgardens.com


May 6: Evening appearance at Pennswood Village

Pennswood Village

Details to come


Saturday, May 9: Landis Valley Garden Faire

Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum in Lancaster, PA

Mike returns to this great Lancaster County event to deliver two talks! "Attracting Birds, Bees, Butterflies & Toads" at 1 pm & "Grow Your Best Tasting Tomatoes Ever" at 3 pm

More info: http://www.landisvalleymuseum.org/index.php/visit/calendar-events/may-8-9/
(Mike notes: There are always great plants for sale at this event. Get there early for the best heirloom tomato selection!)


May 20 at 7 pm: Lecture for the Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church's Environmental Justice Committee and Mainline Interfaith Green Group (M.I.G.G.)

Bryn Mawr, PA

More information at http://www.bmpc.org/images/Outreach_PDFs/InhabitingEdenWebsite.pdf


Sunday, June 14: Earth Fair at Historic Smithville Park

803 Smithville Road, Eastampton, NJ

Rain or Shine
Mike says: A great family event in a fabulous historic (and highly horticultural) setting.
Venue info: http://www.co.burlington.nj.us/948/Historic-Smithville-Park
Mike's talk times coming soon!


June 26: Lecture at the Sea Isle City, New Jersey Library

Sea Isle City Branch of the Cape May County Library, 4800 Central Ave. in Sea Isle

Details at www.cmclibrary.org


July 26 - August 3rd: Mike leads a river cruise through Southern France (!) for Grand American tours.

France Sign up soon before all the cabins are gone!


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


April 25, 10 am to 1 pm: Arbor Day Open House

Wister Center

Cost: Free and open to the public

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.

The Scott Arboretum is an educational garden of ideas and suggestions. Covering more than 300 acres of the Swarthmore College Campus and exhibiting over 4,000 different kinds of plants, the Arboretum displays some of the best trees, shrubs, perennials, and annuals for use in the Delaware Valley. Established in 1929 as a living memorial to Arthur Hoyt Scott, the Arboretum is open to the public year-round free of charge, from dawn to dusk. Adam Levine in Garden Design magazine described the Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College as "the most beautiful campus in America." Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4:30 p.m. For more information, please call the Arboretum office at 610-328-8025.


April 28, 4:30 to 6 pm: Green Roof Tour

Scott Arboretum Gardens

Cost: Free & open to the public

Special Notes: Tour leaves from Scott Arboretum offices. Tour canceled in inclement weather.

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. The Scott Arboretum is an educational garden of ideas and suggestions. Covering more than 300 acres of the Swarthmore College Campus and exhibiting over 4,000 different kinds of plants, the Arboretum displays some of the best trees, shrubs, perennials, and annuals for use in the Delaware Valley. Established in 1929 as a living memorial to Arthur Hoyt Scott, the Arboretum is open to the public year-round free of charge, from dawn to dusk. Adam Levine of Garden Design magazine described the Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College as "the most beautiful campus in America." Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4:30 p.m. For more information, please call the Arboretum Offices at 610-328-8025. Visit us at www.scottarboretum.org.


April 30 - May 2, 2015: Native Plant Sale

Coverdale Farm Preserve in Greenville, DE

The Native Plant Sale features more than 300 rare, unusual and favorite varieties of native wildflowers, trees, shrubs, ferns and aquatic plants for all growing conditions, including drought-tolerant. Some are introductions from the nearby Mt. Cuba Center and many species attract wildlife such as birds and butterflies. It is open from April 30 - May 1 from 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM for members only, and to the public on May 2 from 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM and May 3 from 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Admission to this event is free.


May 1 - 2, 2015: Arasapha Garden Club Celebrates Spring with Annual Open Air Market

Market Square: Second & Delaware Streets, City of New Castle, Delaware

Join the Arasapha Garden Club for a New Castle tradition, its annual May Market, a "special market filled with lovely things." The free, open air event includes a sale of unique, fresh flowering plants and herbs; artisan crafts; special white elephant finds; and baked goods. Master gardeners will be on hand to answer questions about a variety of gardening topics and offer demonstrations. A raffle at the market entrance will give visitors a chance to win a beautiful handmade quilt that was created by club members.

"Every year we welcome visitors throughout the region to our May Market," shares Linda Suskie, co-chair of the event and co-chair of the board. "The Market is unique in that you truly can go treasure hunting here: the plants we sell can't be found at the big-box stores and our carefully-selected set of vendors include emerging and experienced artists and craftspeople. And a visit to the Market isn't complete without stopping by the colonial gardens of the Amstel and Dutch Houses, free to the public."

Proceeds from the sale benefit preservation and maintenance of the gardens of the beloved colonial properties of the New Castle Historical Society, including the 18th century Amstel House and the 17th century Dutch House.

More information at arasapha.org


May 1 - 3, 2015: The Spring Plant Sale, "Native, New and Notable"

Henry Foundation for Botanical Research, 801 Stony Lane (off Henry Lane only), Gladwyne, PA 19035.

The Spring Plant Sale, "Native, New and Notable", will take place on Friday, May 1, from noon until 4 pm; Saturday, May 2, and Sunday, May 3, from 9 am to 3 pm at the Henry Foundation for Botanical Research, 801 Stony Lane (off Henry Lane only), Gladwyne, PA 19035.

Our plant sale offers distinctive woody plants and a wide range of reliable perennials, including native wildflowers. Clematis, ferns, unusual annuals, many varieties of salvias, and lots of culinary and ornamental herbs will be available. Choose delicious selections from a vast array of tomato plants, from cherries to Brandywines, heirlooms to new hybrids.

Admission to the sale is free and open to the public. Parking is limited.The sale will be held rain or shine. No pets, please.

Call the Henry Foundation office at 610-525-2037 for more information.


May 2, 2015,9:00 am - 3:00 pm: Tyler Arboretum's Plant Sale

Tyler Arboretum: 515 Painter Road, Media, PA 19063

Tyler's annual Plant Sale offers gardeners a myriad of options and hard to find trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals and herbs. This year's sale features a special selection of tough plants for tough spaces. As always, there will also be a strong assortment of deer-resistant plants. Our plant experts will be on hand to help select the best plants for individual landscapes and gardens and our volunteers will help pack and load your new treasures for the ride home. Admission to the Arboretum is FREE to everyone for Saturday's event.


May 2, 2015, 8:30 am - noon: The Swarthmore Garden Club's Annual Herb Sale

Borough Hall, 121 Park Avenue, Swarthmore. PA

Shoppers may choose from over 1600 certified organic plants and heirloom tomatoes. There will be the usual favorites and some new varieties, including: basil 'pesto perpetuo', rosemary 'barbecue', salvia 'hot lips', dinosaur kale, and cassia 'popcorn' ( which smells like buttered popcorn). Baked goods and the club's own dried herb mixture, "Dillio", will be offered as well. Profits from the sale benefit local community gardens and projects. The sale will be held rain or shine.


May 3 & 17, 2015: CRC, Media and Nether Providence Work to Multiply Rain Gardens

Media Borough and Nether Providence Township

The Chester Ridley Crum Watersheds Association (CRC) is promoting rain gardens as an attractive and affordable way for homeowners to reduce polluted runoff thanks to a grant from the Water Resources Education Network. Media Borough and Nether Providence Township feature demonstration rain gardens at their municipal headquarters and each will work with CRC and Aqua Pennsylvania to encourage residents to plant a "do it yourself" rain garden at home. A rain garden is a depression planted with grasses, flowers, and shrubs that allows rainwater from hard surfaces to absorb into the ground instead of flowing into streams. Rain gardens improve water quality in nearby streams and also serve as a beautiful alternative to lawn, enhancing curb appeal in residential neighborhoods. After large storms all of the water in a properly designed rain garden will absorb within 48 hours so they do not harbor mosquitoes. Nether Providence Township and Media Borough will each host a community workshop on rain gardens, scheduled for May 3 and May 17, 2015, respectively. More details on the workshops will be available at www.crcwatersheds.org in the spring. The project will also produce new web materials and signs at the demonstration sites that connect homeowners with the information they need to build their own rain garden. The project is funded by the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania Citizen Education Fund through a Section 319 federal Clean Water act grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, administered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. For more information, please contact CRC at 610-359-1440 or info@crcwatersheds.org.


May 8, 2015, 4 - 6 p.m.: Celebrate National Public Gardens Day with the Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College

Terry Shane Teaching Garden (Scott Arboretum offices) Rain Location: Wister Center

Celebrate National Public Gardens Day with a Blooming Bash! Bring a friend and celebrate spring at the Scott Arboretum with a complimentary garden reception on Friday, May 8 from 4 to 6 pm. Enjoy a cup of tea or a glass of wine and light fare in a lovely outdoor setting as well as garden giveaways. Discover our inspiring gardens, part of "the most beautiful campus in America," free to the public 365 days a year! Also, learn about the robust programming and fun opportunities the Scott Arboretum offers.

As a special offer, Blooming Bash guests who become members will receive a complimentary gift along with an exciting bundle of benefits to enjoy throughout the year.

More Info: http://www.scottarboretum.org


June 20: Community Gardens Day

The Neighborhood Gardens Trust, Philadelphia's largest land trust, will celebrate the second annual Community Gardens Day on Saturday, June 20, 2015. Participating gardens throughout the city will welcome visitors to an array of free activities highlighting the benefits of preserving and supporting community gardens and open spaces. Participating gardens will host demos, workdays, performances, family activities, and other special programs. To find a garden near you, go to http://ngtrust.org/index.php/community-gardens-day/.


New and Beginning Farmer Training Program

Various locations

The University of Delaware Cooperative Extension is pleased to announce its 2015 New and Beginning Farmer Training Program. This extensive program is designed for new and beginning farmers working in small-scale vegetable and/or fruit production. Through hands-on training, demonstrations, workshops, field trips and farm tours, as well as self-study, growers will spend an entire growing season learning and growing with Delaware Cooperative Extension, and other, invited agriculture industry professionals. Although not limited to the following topics, this training will explore the fundamentals of soil fertility and health, basic crop production, integrated pest management, food safety, marketing, business planning and development, and provide an excellent networking opportunity. This training program is scheduled for the entirety of the growing season.

In New Castle County, meetings are scheduled for the third Monday evening of the month, 6-8 pm, February- May and September-November on February 16, March 16, April 20, May 18, June-July-August (dates to be determined at the start of the training program based on participants' availability), September 21, October 19, and November 16. Sessions will be held at the Extension Office, and on the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources campus and cooperating farms. There will be additional evening and occasional Saturday sessions to accommodate field trips, hands-on activities and farm tours.

In Sussex County, meetings are scheduled for the fourth Monday evenings of the month, 6-8 pm on February 23, March 23, April 27, May 19 (due to the Memorial Day holiday), June-July-August (dates to be determined at the start of the training program based on participants' availability), September 28, October 26 and November 23. Sessions will be held at the Extension Office, Carvel Research and Education Center and cooperating farms. There will be additional evening and occasional Saturday sessions to accommodate field trips, hands-on activities and farm tours.

For registration information and any additional questions or concerns, please contact Carrie Murphy, Extension Educator, at cjmurphy@udel.edu or 302-831-2667 in New Castle county; or Tracy Wootten, Extension Educator, at wootten@udel.edu or 302-856-7303 in Sussex county.


Become a guide at Morris Arboretum

Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania, 100 E. Northwestern Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19118

Guides give their time and energy to the Arboretum for many reasons: to learn exciting new things, to be inspired by the beauty of Morris Arboretum, and also to meet staff and other volunteers who believe trees are vitally important to everyone's life. Our very knowledgeable guides promote the Arboretum's mission to their neighbors and friends by encouraging them to visit, volunteer and become members. Even more importantly, guides encourage environmental stewardship in neighborhoods near and far. Become a guide at Morris Arboretum and share your knowledge and joy of nature with others! New guide training, a 30-hour course, is scheduled for 11 days in March. Register early to reserve your space and this spring you could be leading your own tour. For more information and to register, contact Liza Hawley, Assistant Director Visitor Education, at efhawley@upenn.edu or 215-247-5777 x128. www.morrisarboretum.org


Delaware Master Gardener Volunteer Educator Training

To learn more about the Master Gardeners and the Training Program, attend an information session at your local library this month:
Hockessin Library: Monday, March 23, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Appoquinimink Library: Wednesday, March 25, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Brandywine Hundred Library: Monday, March 30, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Delaware Cooperative Extension in New Castle County is now accepting applications for Master Gardener volunteer educator training. Training will run Monday and Wednesday afternoons starting Wednesday, September 2, 2015 and continuing through November 23, 2015. "This training program is designed to make good educators out of good gardeners," said Extension Educator Carrie Murphy. "Trainees pledge to devote volunteer time to help Cooperative Extension provide research-based information to the gardening public. Without this volunteer program, we could not reach nearly as many people as we do now." Training consists of horticultural and educational topics, with emphasis on hands-on experience and active learning techniques. There is a training fee of $150. Scholarships are available based on financial need. This and all other Delaware Cooperative Extension System programs are open to all without regard to race, color, sex, disability, age, or national origin.

For additional information, please contact Carrie Murphy, cjmurphy@udel.edu, (302) 831-2506 or visit http://extension.udel.edu/lawngarden/joinmastergardener.