You Bet Your Garden

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


Mark your calendars! Here's where Mike will be appearing in the New Year (details on all to come soon):

Feb 27 - March 1: Capital Home Show

Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly, VA

March 4: Philadelphia Flower Show "Gardener's Studio" lecture

12 & Arch Streets, The Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia, PA 19107

"Organic Answers to your Toughest Garden Questions" - Mike McGrath will prove he doesn't research the answers ahead of time for his Public Radio show as he delivers the answers to your questions live, on the spot, no books; no search engines. You bring the questions; Mike will deliver the answers (or maybe try and change the topic). Free with Flower Show Admission. See full Flower Show event listing for more details.

March 5: Guest speaker at the Bartlett Tree Symposium at Philly Flower Show

Philadelphia, PA

March 14 & 15: Home Show

Fredericksburg, VA

March 28: Delaware Home Show

Chase Center in Wilmington, DE

April 11 (and maybe 12): Home Show

Severna Park, MD

April 22 at 6 pm: Lecture for Athertyn

Wayne, PA (a luxury living community in Haverford).

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

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!

POSSIBLE:

April 18 & 19: Leesburg Flower & Garden Festival

Leesburg, VA

And already booked for 2016!

April 9: Lancaster PA Master Gardeners

Lancaster, PA

May 12, 13 and 14: Alabama Master Gardeners Conference

Dothan, Alabama


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


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


February 3 - 7, 2015: 24th Annual Farming for the Future Conference

State College, PA

The Pennsylvania farming community will convene to celebrate and learn about "Nature as Mentor" during the 24th Annual Farming for the Future Conference, presented by the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA) in State College, PA, February 3-7, 2015. More than 2,000 participants, comprised of agriculture industry workers as well as students and community and business leaders, will participate in workshops, trainings, exhibits, receptions showcasing regionally sourced foods, an educational program and unique special events. Highlighting the conference are two main addresses, well-known author/activist Frances Moore Lappé and conservation agronomist Ray "The Soils Guy" Archuleta. During Friday's opening keynote address, sponsored by Lady Moon Farms, Frances Moore Lappé will give attendees a look into the research for her book "World Hunger: 10 Myths," a topic that resonates throughout the agriculture community. Moore Lappé delivers her message of the importance of embracing agroecology, ending global poverty and meeting the climate challenge as pieces that come together to develop one "ecomind," an ideology she delivered through her book EcoMind. Through studying groups' struggles and successes throughout the globe, Moore Lappé addresses aligning with nature for effective practices to empower world citizens to end world poverty. Saturday's keynote, sponsored by PASAbilities Sponsor Kimberton Whole Foods, Ray Archuleta is a Certified Professional Soil Scientist whose passion for soil health has earned him the nickname "The Soils Guy." Archuleta is known for his infectious excitement while sharing his vast knowledge of soil health and agroecology principles, amassed over a more than 25 year career. His expertise extends to water health, quality and irrigation and, as a conservationist, addresses our responsibilities to protecting and nurturing these essential resources. In addition to these two phenomenal keynote addresses, the conference will also present six in-depth pre-conference tracks and over 100 main conference workshops. Kids have the opportunity to attend and learn as well with an ag-focused Future Farmers program just for them. A bustling TradeShow will connect attendees with over 80 agricultural businesses and organizations. Throughout the four-day event, conference goers will be entertained while they learn, with activities such as live music, movies, yoga, knitting circles, a seed swap and much more. Sponsorship opportunities are available for those who wish to join in this widely attended event. To learn more about the Farming for the Future Conference, visit pasafarming.org/conference.


February 7, 2015: A meeting of the Delaware Valley Branch of the American Begonia Society

Huntingdon Valley Library - Community Room, 2nd Floor, 625 Red Lion Road, Huntingdon Valley, PA

Program: Vegetative (cuttings, rhizome, and leaf sections) propagation of begonias for the summer garden or container garden. Propagate unusual begonias that can't be purchased locally. Bring a clean 3 or 4- inch plastic pot to prepare your own cuttings to take home. Potting medium will be provided. Time: 10:00 A.M. (refreshments at 9:30)


February 28, 2015: Pancake Breakfast & Maple Sugaring Celebration

Tyler Arboretum, 515 Painter Road, Media, PA 19063

Bundle up and enjoy this annual celebration of the maple tree's sweet offerings. Walk through our discovery stations to learn how sap is turned into syrup. Then, satisfy your appetite in the historic Barn with our famous all-you-can-eat pancake and sausage breakfast. Hot coffee and cocoa accompany this delicious wintertime feast. Cost: No pre-registration required; Adults: $12, Children (ages 3-12) $8, Under 3 FREE. 8:00am – 1:00pm.


Saturday, Feb 28 through Sunday March 8, 2015: Philadelphia Flower Show

Pennsylvania Convention Center, 12th & Arch Streets; Center City Philly

The 2015 edition of the world's biggest and best indoor flower show celebrates the movies ("Lights! Cameras! Bloom!"). Proceeds from the Flower Show are used throughout the year to green the city and support community gardening projects, particularly the City Harvest program, which feeds more than 1,200 families each week during the growing season.

Mike McGrath's patented Flower Show Travel Tips:

  • Open until 9 pm every night, the best viewing times are after 4 pm. (Tour buses filled with people from outside our area tend to arrive early in the morning and leave around 3 pm to escape rush hour traffic.)
  • Don't try to drive directly to the show; traffic will be a mess for many blocks in every direction. Take public transportation or park in one of their designated feeder lots and they'll shuttle you in and out.
  • Get your hand stamped when you enter and you can then leave the Convention Center for lunch or dinner and come back in (as many times as you want that day). Don't go across the street and take the last roll at Tommy DiNic's; I'll know it was you.
  • PHS (Pa Horticultural Society) members receive free tickets to the show, use of the exclusive member's lounge adjacent to the show floor, discounts in the Marketplace area and other benefits—often at a lower price than the face value of the member tickets you'll receive. (Hint. Hint.)
  • Tickets purchased online in advance cost less than at the door. Family packages cost less than multiple regular tickets.
  • Wear comfortable walking shoes and dress in layers; the room is kept cool to prolong the life of the flowers. There are coat check rooms to ditch your outermost layers.
  • If you feel exhausted, overwhelmed and exhilarated at the end, you did it right.

April 12, 2015: Sustainable Garden Design: PHS Eugene and Marie-Louise Jackson Lecture Series

Lehigh Carbon Community College, 4525 Education Park Drive, Schnecksville, PA 18078

This program will outline a number of design techniques, such as using recycled items, plant placement, and even choosing deer-resistant plants that will simultaneously help Mother Earth and provide a more attractive garden for year-round enjoyment. A long-time proponent of unusual and fun plants, lecturer Bruce Crawford is responsible for Rutgers University's 180-acre garden. He is also an adjunct professor in Landscape Architecture at Rutgers. This lecture is part of the PHS Eugene and Marie-Louise Jackson Lecture Series and is jointly sponsored by the Allentown Garden Club, the Hardy Plant Society, and the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. Round out the day with lunch or dinner at an area restaurant and visit interesting local sights in and around Allentown. Travel directions will be sent in early April. The fee for this lecture is $10 per person. Please pre-register at www.pennhort.net/lehigh.


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.