You Bet Your Garden

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

Friday evening, September 30: Spring City PA library "Read & Seed" event

Spring City, PA

(Spring City is in the Philly suburbs—right next to Royersford and not far from Phoenixville) Library info »

Saturday and Sunday, October 15 and 16: Fredericksburg Virginia Home and Garden Show

Show info »

Sunday afternoon October 23: Huntington Valley Library

Huntington Valley, PA

Details soon!

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:, call 215.988.8897 or email

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.

October 8: Delaware Center for Horticulture Fall Bulb Sale and Brews for Bulbs

The Delaware Center for Horticulture, 1810 N Dupont Street, Wilmington, DE 19806

Featuring a hand-selected assortment of spectacular bulbs to add color and character to your spring garden. Some of the featured bulbs include unique varieties of allium, crocus, narcissus, tulip, and lily. More details at