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Silverside's Second Annual Green Fair

Saturday, September 15; 10 am to 2 pm

Silverside Church; 2800 Silverside Rd.; Wilmington, DE 19810
Mike is the featured speaker at this FREE event just outside of Wilmington, and he's going to get you ready for 'The Second Season of Gardening'! He'll explain exactly how and why you should plant garlic, pansies, Spring bulbs and more in a Fall Planting talk at 10:30; and tell you how to make the best possible compost and mulch from your upcoming gift of fall leaves at half past noon. The Fair will also offer lots of 'green' events and activities for adults and kids; great food too! Event info: or email:

WHYY Member Event: Fall Gardening Tips at South Jersey's Springdale Farms

Thursday, September 27th; 5:30 pm to 7 pm

Springdale Farms; 1638 South Springdale Road; Cherry Hill, NJ, 08003
WHYY Members: $10. Not a member? Join WHYY for a year and be our guest at this event as your thank-you gift! Meet and greet from 5:30 to 6. Then at 6, Mike will deliver a timely talk on fall planting--garlic, pansies, spring bulbs, new trees and shrubs and more AND get you ready for the priceless leaf fall to come. Light refreshments will be served and the entire event will take place in a beautiful modern farm building. More information and tickets »


Saturday October 6

The Colonial Theatre; 227 Bridge St., Phoenixville, PA
Mike is scheduled to be one of the presenters at this local version of the hugely popular TED event; the theme is "exploring 'Your Backyard' in all of its vastness". Theatre info (it's where they filmed The Blob with a very young Steve McQueen!): TEDxPhoenixville event info:

Mount Laurel Green Day

Sunday, October 7 from 12-4

Mount Laurel Library, 100 Walt Whitman Avenue, Mount Laurel, NJ 08054
Mike will give two talks at this ecologically-themed event: How to easily harness the power of your Fall leaves for CORRECT composting and mulch making at 1 pm; and fall planting tips and tricks at 3 pm (pansies and garlic and bulbs; oh my!). Or phone 856-234-7319

Suburban Home and Garden Show

Friday February 22 through Sunday the 24, 2013

The Expo Center in Oaks, PA

Fredericksburg Home and Garden Show

Friday March 15 through Sunday the 17, 2013

Fredericksburg Expo Center; Fredericksburg, VA

Ocean Pines Home Show

Saturday and Sunday, April 27 - 28, 2013

Ocean Pines, MD
A great little sow in a beautiful wooded community right near Ocean City, MD. Info:

Local Events

Light: Installations by Bruce Munro

Now through September 1, 2012

Longwood Gardens; 1001 Longwood Rd, Kennet Square, PA
British artist and light designer, Bruce Munro, illuminates Longwood Gardens with meadows of glowing towers changing hues, a field of light reminiscent of flowers and raindrops, and more in this new and unique garden experience. Special events include "Light Nights," "SmART Nights," "Culinary DeLight Dinner," and various lectures, workshops, and classes offering learning opportunities throughout the exhibit. Hours: 9am-6pm Sunday-Tuesday; extended evening hours Wednesday-Saturday until 11pm, through September 1. Reservations and timed admission tickets are required. Price: General $18, Seniors (62+) $15, Students (Ages 5-18) $8, Children (Ages 0-4) Free.

Philabundance: Share the Harvest

July 7-Sept. 22

Various Drop-Off Locations throughout the Delaware Valley
Save the world one vegetable at a time with Delaware Valley's Philabundance, the largest hunger relief organization in the region, and their annual program, Share the Harvest, every Saturday from 10am-12pm through September 22. Here at You Bet Your Garden, we encourage you and other gardeners to grow fruits, veggies, or any surplus produce, and donate them to Philabundance, so that everyone can have a healthy access to food. Each week the produce you donate will go to nearby food pantries in your community. Click on the following link to find drop-off locations near you:

DCH Supplies Bare Root Trees

Now through September 14; October 24 Pick-Up

Delaware Center for Horticulture, 1810 N. Dupont Street, Wilmington, DE
DCH offers the perfect solution to summer heat and rising cooling costs by offering bare root shade trees at an inexpensive price, now through September 14. Tree shade reduces room temperatures by 20 degrees, and each tree is only $65! Plus, you'll receive 4 complimentary tickets to the Delaware Home Show (running Oct. 13 and 14). Choose from a variety of 10 different trees and pick up your purchase October 24. Stay for pizza and a short free workshop on planting and caring for your new trees, so you'll get them off to a good start. Find out more at:

Pocono Garlic Festival

September 1st and 2nd

Shawnee Mountain Ski Area, Shawnee on Delaware, PA
The Pocono Garlic Festival returns for their 18th year this Labor Day weekend to indulge visitors with legendary Pocono-grown garlic, live entertainment, crafts, and delicious food (all laced with garlic of course)! Access over 50 food and entertainment stands in the fresh air, country setting of the Shawnee Mountain Ski area--a perfect way to celebrate the end of summer heat. Tickets: In Advance $7.50, At the Door $10, 2 Day Pass $13. For more information and garlic fun, check out their website:

Chile Pepper Food Festival

Friday and Saturday, Sept. 7 & 8, 9am-6pm

Bill Delong Memorial Park, Bowers, PA
One of the largest food festivals of its kind returns with live music, crafts, Salsa contest, and more at the Bill DeLong Memorial Park in Bowers, PA, September 7 and 8. Brave the Jalapeno Eating Contest, if you dare! Pick your own tomatoes and peppers at the Chile Pepper & Heirloom Tomato Field Excursion, and take the horse-drawn wagon ride between the Festival and the Meadow View Farm. Admission by donation ($2 per person); Rain or Shine. For more info check out:

Vegfest 2012: "Holy Crop"

Saturday, September 8, 11am-6pm

South Side Bethlehem Greenway, Corner of S. New St. and Mechanic St., Bethlehem, PA
Fruits, veggies, and healthy eating return for a second year in Bethlehem's Free Vegfest Street & Food Festival. The theme: "Holy Crop! The event: a wide array of natural food providers, speakers and chefs, and best of all, tasty samples! Drink eco-friendly cocktails as you mingle with local food producers and discover the best places to buy your veggies. Click here for more information:

The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society Fall Garden Festival

Saturday, September 22, 9am - 5pm The First Day of Autumn!

Navy Yard, South Philadelphia
Admission is FREE and open to the public! The PHS Fall Garden Festival will be held on the first day of autumn at the Navy Yard in South Philadelphia, an exciting location with a mix of historic structures, post-industrial architecture, state-of-the art facilities, and riverfront views. The festival is all about family, and will have great activities for kids, shopping for adults, a preview of the 2013 Flower Show, a special tree sale, and more. For more information:

Mid-Atlantic Regional Gesneriad Show, Sale and Symposium — In collaboration with the Delaware, Liberty Bell and National Capital Areas of The Gesneriad Society

Sunday, September 30, 2012 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

University of Delaware Botanic Gardens Townsend Hall - 531 South College Avenue, Newark, DE
Admission is FREE and open to the public! "Gesneriads Across the Globe: An International Family" will display the African Violet, Florist Gloxinia, Lipstick Plant, Flame Violet and more! There will also be a sale of thousands of plants and cuttings. FREE! Details and directions are on the web site at:

Donate to your Local Food Bank!

Help your country through Feeding America, the nation's leading domestic hunger-relief charity. Feeding America is dedicated to reducing America's hunger through a nationwide network of food banks, and you can help by donating extra produce to a food bank near you! Not only does this service provide nutritious, fresh foods to Americans struggling with hunger, it also ensures that good food like yours does not go to waste. Clink on this link to find your local food bank:

No Room to Grow? Join a CSA!

Don't have land of your own, but still want to eat fresh, local and organic? Now is the time to seek out and join a local CSA. Short for "Community Supported Agriculture", CSAs are local farms in which you buy a share for the season and get a share of the enviable edibles that the farm produces once a week throughout the season. Subscriptions tend to sell out fast, so look through these lists and locate your closest options before Spring arrives:

No Room to Grow? Join a Community Garden!

Folks who don't have land of their own but who love to garden can still grow some of their own food by seeking out a spot in a nearby community garden. Community gardens give the landless a place to grow and to gather, sharing seeds and advice. The American Community Gardening Association maintains a good list of gardens around the country (just enter your zip code on the map), but many are unlisted anywhere--so ask friends, co-workers and your local state extension office about local gardens. And if you see what looks to be one near your home or work, drop by on a Saturday and chat up the folks inside.

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