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:

May 7: "Lawn & Garden Palooza" Festival

K&B Hardware; 912 Forest Drive; Annapolis, MD 21403

Mike will appear at 11 am (chemical free lawn care) and 1 pm: (Six simple tips that will make you a better tomato grower!)

May 11: Allentown Public Library

Allentown Public Library; 1210 Hamilton Street; Allentown, PA 18102

Mike speaks at the Allentown Public Library at 7 p.m. Details »

May 14: Camden County Green Garden Fair

Camden County Environmental Center; Cherry Hill, NJ
Mike will appear at 11:00 AM and 1 pm. 

May 21: Garden to Table event with Mike McGrath!

Fernbrook Farms Education Center; Chesterfield, NJ 08515
Mike will do a meet and greet, deliver tomato and lawn care tips, and propose organic answers to all your garden and pest control problems. You'll also enjoy light, locally-grown farm to table refreshments in this fund-raiser for the Noontime Optimists Club of Freehold to benefit programs helping local children. Event runs from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. To purchase tickets or learn more, visit:

May 22: Wine Tasting with Mike McGrath at Hopewell Valley Vineyards

Hopewell Winery, 46 Yard Road, Pennington, NJ 08534
Join You Bet Your Garden host Mike McGrath for a relaxing afternoon at the Hopewell Winery in beautiful Mercer County, New Jersey. Enjoy a live jazz concert while sampling brick-oven fired pizza created at the winery and enjoying a variety of award winning wine created right in Pennington, New Jersey. Take a tour of the 75 acre winery with Mike McGrath as he describes the role native plants play in the creation of Hopewell Valley Vineyards' state of the art wine. Then vintners will lead a tour through the building where the grapes are processed into wine. To purchase tickets or learn more, visit:

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

May 1 - June 15: PHS Gardening and Greening Contest Begins

Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware

PHS celebrates the accomplishments of gardeners in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware with the PHS Gardening and Greening Contest. In its third year, this contest invites backyard gardeners, community gardeners, and all who are passionate about greening public spaces to enter.

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

May 4: 77th Annual Herb Sale

Yellow Springs, Chester Springs, PA

The Philadelphia Unit of The Herb Society of America will present its 77th Annual Herb Sale on Thursday, May 12, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (rain or shine) at Historic Yellow Springs in Chester Springs, PA. For further details, visit us at

May 4: Celebrate National Public Gardens Day with the Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College

Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College, 500 College Ave., Swarthmore, 19081 PA

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 6 from 4 to 7 pm. Enjoy beverages and light fare in a lovely outdoor setting. Enjoy a free family tour at 4:30 pm and a curator's tour at 6 pm. Discover our inspiring gardens, part of "the most beautiful campus in America," free and open to the public 365 days a year! Also, learn about the robust programming and fun opportunities the Scott Arboretum offers. Join us for a relaxing evening in the Terry Shane Teaching Garden. In the event of rain, our reception will be moved inside our Gold LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified building, the Wister Center.

Thursdays, May 5, 12 and 19: Become a PHS Tree Tender!

Foulkeways at Gwynedd, 1120 Meetinghouse Road, Gwynedd, PA 19436

Help plant and care for trees in your region, your community, or your yard. Become a PHS Tree Tender. The PHS Tree Tenders® program offers hands-on tree care training for residents of the five-county Philadelphia region. The training covers tree biology, identification, planting, proper care, and working within your community. Available for ISA, PA LA, and PLNA credit. This course is not appropriate for children under 16. Classes run from 6 - 9 p.m.Register »

Mondays, May 9, 16, and 23: Become a PHS Tree Tender!

PHS - 100 North 20th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Help plant and care for trees in your region, your community, or your yard. Become a PHS Tree Tender. The PHS Tree Tenders® program offers hands-on tree care training for residents of the five-county Philadelphia region. The training covers tree biology, identification, planting, proper care, and working within your community. Available for ISA, PA LA, and PLNA credit. This course is not appropriate for children under 16. Classes run from 5:45 - 9 p.m.Register »

May 7: The Woman's Community Club of Uwchlan PLANT SALE

Uwchlan Meeting House, 5 N. Village Ave., Lionville, PA (GPS-Exton, PA)

Garden Class of The Woman's Community Club of Uwchlan's PLANT SALE is open on May 7 from 8 AM to 1PM. Event offers container gardens, garden crafts, grasses, shrubs, trees, herbs, vegetables, Member's Garden Perennial & Native Plants (some deer resistant), and garden questions answered. Sale proceeds go to upkeep of the historic 1756 Uwchlan Meeting House.

May 12: HSA's 77th Annual Herb Sale

Historic Yellow Springs, 1685 Art School Road, Chester Springs, PA

We are hoping you will remind your listeners about our 77th Annual Herb Sale between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Thursday, May 12 at Historic Yellow Springs. The money raised is used to fund a scholarship program, create educational opportunities for gardeners, and support gardening organizations such as the US Arboretum in Washington D.C. More information can be found at

May 14: PHS Meadowbrook Farm to Host Spring Open House

PHS Meadowbrook Farm is located at 1633 Washington Lane, Jenkintown, PA 19046

Celebrate the season and enjoy a day of family fun and learning at the PHS Meadowbrook Farm Spring Open House on Saturday, May 14, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine. The Open House will focus on education, with Master Gardener and Meadowbrook Farm Director Jenny Rose Carey on hand to answer questions. The historic home of renowned florist J. Liddon Pennock, Jr. is celebrating its 80th anniversary this year. The handsome stone house and display gardens will be open for self-guided tours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. during the Spring Open House. Mini-Talks in the sales yard by Meadowbrook Farm experts will include: 11 a.m.: How to Make an Herb Planter, Noon: Attracting Butterflies and Bees, 1 p.m.: Great Plants for Rock Gardeners, 2 p.m.: Top Picks for Spring Planting, 3 p.m.: Quick Facts on Horticultural Therapy. Stop by the nursery to pick up spring favorites, including colorful annuals, spring blooming perennials, hanging baskets, show-stopping Americana® geraniums, tasty veggies, Meadowbrook-grown herbs, and container gardens. The Spring Open House is a family-friendly event and will feature a petting zoo with farm animals from Quiver Farms, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Kids can dance to tunes about animals by "Two of A Kind" with live performances at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Refreshments will be served by Streetside BBQ from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Rita's Water Ice will be on-site throughout the day (cash only). Featuring a gift shop, greenhouses, and outdoor sales area, Meadowbrook Farm offers a large selection of gardening essentials including great gloves, decorative lanterns, and gardening décor. More information can be found at

May 14 & 28, and June 11 & 25: Morris Arboretum's Tour of Great Small Trees

Join knowledgeable guides for a tour of Morris Arboretum's smaller specimen trees, Small Trees for Small Spaces. At 11am on Saturdays April 30, May 14 & 28, and June 11 & 25, Arboretum Guides will point out small trees that make a big impact. Ranging in height from 15 to 30 feet, these trees have many special features, for instance, spectacular bark, interesting forms, and great flower and leaf color. This tour includes plants such as White Fringetree (Chionanthus virginicus) that has richly-scented, spring blooming flowers that are show stopping! These small trees, literally and figuratively have been over-shadowed by the Arboretum's big trees, but are now getting a much deserved moment in the spotlight. Don't miss this opportunity to see trees that will pop! in your own home garden. For more information, visit

May 20: The Porch Club of Riverton's Garden Tour 2016

Riverton, NJ

The Porch Club of Riverton's Garden Tour 2016 will be held on Friday, May 20 from 4 to 8 PM and Saturday, May 21 from 10 AM to 4 PM. Tour nine private gardens in and around Riverton, NJ in all their late-spring glory. Included on Saturday are garden vendors, exhibitors, and wildlife, nature and tree experts. Tour $15, tour plus Saturday lunch $25. Purchase tickets on our website or in person at the Riverton Library, The New Leaf Tea Room, or Orange Blossom Café in Riverton. Call 856-320-4426 for more information.

June 4: New Hope Historical Society 2016 Garden Tour

New Hope, PA

Plans for the 23rd annual New Hope Historical Society Garden Tour are well underway. The rain-or-shine event will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 4, and focuses on the incredible beauty of local gardens and the considerable skill and imagination of their owners, says NHHS garden tour committee co-chair Mary Ellen Mason. The event will begin with a docent-led tour of New Hope's historic Parry Mansion, then moves on to six local private gardens, featuring a diverse array of plantings and imaginative landscapes. One historic home showcases the efforts of its owners to restore magnificent gardens which had withered due to years of neglect. Another offers expansive grounds and water features, with an incredible display of flowers, shrubs and fieldstone. And that's just two of the six host locations! The Tour will once again feature the popular Retail Boutique, where gardening-related items will be available for purchase. Each visitor will receive a copy of the Tour's keepsake Souvenir Program, which will include descriptions of the showcase gardens, a locator map, and coupons from supporting sponsors. Tickets are priced at $35, and will be available for purchase up to the day of the Tour. Tickets & information »